Florida's 2016 Tax Free Weekend

Are You Ready for Florida's 2016 Tax Free Weekend?

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Florida's tax-free weekend took a break a few years ago, but now it's back and stronger than ever! In addition, the savings is no longer limited to hurricane preparedness. Florida's August 2016 tax-free week applies to back-to-school supplies, clothing, and more.

Florida Tax-Free Weekend 2016

Florida's Back-to-School Shopping Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for August 5-7, 2016. 

Qualifying purchases include:

  • Clothing, shoes, and accessories ($100 or less per item)
  • Back-to-school supplies ($15 or less per item)
  • Computers and computer accessories (tax savings applies to the first $750 of the sales price—only when purchased for personal/non-commercial use)

The Florida tax-free weekend/week savings does not apply to clothing sold for more than $100 per item; school supplies sold for more than $15 per item; books (although many are already exempt). Other exceptions and exclusions may apply.

Smart Shopping Strategies for Florida's Tax-Free Week

Being a sensible shopper is the best way to save even more during tax-free week. For example, comparing prices at several different stores, which you can do online, and plan on using coupons when you can.

In addition, don't buy anything you don't really need. Since the regular sales tax rate in Florida is 6-7.5% (depending on what County you're in), that's the amount of money you'll save by shopping during the sales tax holiday.

You might find that you can actually save more money by shopping at competitive sales either before or after the tax-free weekend, along with using coupons or taking advantage of special promotions.

Keep in mind, too, that some items will still be taxed during Florida's tax-free weekend. For example, many sporting goods are not tax exempt in Florida, such as football pads and protective helmets, but cleats and spiked shoes are.

If you have any questions about what counts and what doesn't refer to Florida's Department of Revenue website for a list of tax-exempt items.

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