Calling All Olympic Shoppers! Florida Tax-Free Holiday Runs August 3-5

By: Florida Department of Education Release Email
By: Florida Department of Education Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- August 5, 2012

The back-to-school tax holiday is not quite over yet so you still have time to get out and shop.

Sunday is the last day of a three-day holiday authorized by the 2012 florida legislature.

During this time, residents can buy school supplies, clothing and footwear free of state and local taxes.

That's for items that cost less $75 or certain school supplies that cost less than $15.

Officials also want to remind people this is a good time to donate supplies to those in need.

Tallahassee, Florida- August 3, 2012

The 'Olympic sport of shopping' is getting a boost today...No taxes! Starting today through Sunday, you can shop 'til you drop and you won't pay any taxes.The Florida tax-free-back-to-school-shopping weekend is here.

Teachers, parents and students were at the mall taking advantage of sales and no-tax shopping. This year the Florida Legislature authorized the three-day back to school sales tax holiday to ease the pain at the cash register when it comes to preparing the kids for school.

You can buy specific school supplies, clothing and footwear without paying state or local taxes.You won't pay tax on specific items of clothing or shoes that cost 75 dollars or less or certain school supplies that cost 15 dollars or less.


Tallahassee, Florida- August 2, 2012

Florida’s teachers, parents, and students have an opportunity to shop tax-free on August 3-5, 2012, as our state celebrates the annual tax-free holiday. The 2012 Florida Legislature authorized a three-day back to school sales tax holiday so that Floridians will be able to purchase specific school supplies, clothing and footwear without paying state and local taxes. During the holiday, Floridians will not pay tax on specific items of clothing and footwear that cost $75 or less, as well as certain school supplies that cost $15 or less.

“I would like to remind Florida’s families of this great opportunity to help students gear up for the back-to-school season,” said Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson. “Getting ready to go back to school can be expensive for families across the state, and the tax-free holiday is one way that Floridians can save money and prepare their children for a successful school year.”

In addition to shopping for your family, this is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to your local community through donating to a back-to-school supply drive. The complete list of items that will be tax exempt is posted on the Florida Department of Revenue website. An abbreviated list of school-specific items that are tax exempt is below.


Notebook filler paper

Legal pads
Lunch boxes

Construction paper

Poster board
Composition books
Poster paper

Cellophane tape

Computer disks



About the Florida Department of Education: The department’s mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit

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