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Florida Renews Annual Back-to-School Sales-Tax Holiday in 2018 with One Big Exception by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on July 24, 2018 by Michael Hirsch,

Florida families should mark their calendars for the first weekend in August when the state’s annual three-day back-to-school sales-tax holiday begins. Beginning on Friday, Aug. 3, through the end of Sunday, Aug. 5, families can reap significant savings and avoid paying state and local sales tax on in-store or online purchases of qualifying school supplies, including:

  • Clothing, footwear and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and
  • Notebooks, pens, backpacks and other supplies selling for $15 or less per item.

Interestingly, printer paper, staplers, staples, masking tape and correction pens/fluids are taxable during the weekend. Also absent from the list of products qualifying for the sales-tax holiday in 2018 are personal computers, laptops, tablets and printer ink cartridges, which were exempt in 2017 up to $750. In addition, families may not exclude tax on books that are not otherwise exempt or the repair or alteration of eligible items. To see a detailed list of qualifying products, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s website at http://floridarevenue.com.
In Broward County, where public school begins on Aug. 15, Florida sales tax is 6 percent. In Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties, where the 2018-2019 school year begins on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 respectively, sales tax is 7 percent.

About the Author: Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM, is a senior manager of Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant’s state and local tax (SALT) practice, where he helps individuals and business to meet their corporate, state and local tax reporting requirements. He can be reached at the CPA firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000, or via email at info@bpbcpa.com.

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