Save now: Florida offers tax-free weekend for back-to-school items

Period runs August 7-9

A boy sits at a desk with school supplies.
A boy sits at a desk with school supplies.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – It's a tax-free weekend for Floridians searching for back-to-school bargains.

But this year, in a pandemic, the priority may be on technology, as many Florida students will be returning to class via the internet. There may be less of a rush to buy school uniforms, with many students at many school districts beginning the year with remote learning.

The tax-free period runs from Friday through Sunday, thanks to the Florida Legislature. It exempts state and local sales taxes on all school supplies that costs $15 and under, as well as for clothing costing $60 or less. It also exempts taxes on the first $1,000 on computers and accessories.

In past years, retailers have also scheduled sales as an incentive to bring shoppers in during the tax-free days. Sales taxes are between 6% and 8% across the state.

Full details of the tax holiday can be viewed at this link.