Back to School Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

Special to The Star

TALLAHASSEE – Florida retail stores are preparing to safely help families save money while shopping for school supplies during the state’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Friday, Aug. 7 through Aug. 9.

“Florida retailers stand ready to help families meet their school supply needs this year,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Whether children are learning from home or heading back to school this fall, families can safely shop and save money over the tax-free weekend.”

The following items are available for purchase tax-free Aug. 7-9:

• Masks, clothing, footwear and backpacks costing $60 or less;

• School supplies costing $15 or less; and

• First $1,000 of the sales tax price of personal computers or personal computer-related accessories.

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, Florida consumers plan to spend a record amount to properly prepare students for school this year. Families with children in elementary school through high school anticipate spending an average $789.49 per family, topping the previous year’s record of $696.70.

About 63 percent of K-12 families expect to buy computers and other electronics this year, up from 54 percent last year, spending at an average $274.44, up from $203.44 last year. College students also anticipate investing in new computers as 60 percent plan to buy electronics, up from 53 percent last year, and they expect to spend more at an average $261.52, up from $234.69.

There are more than 270,000 retail stores in Florida, and one in five jobs is tied to Florida retail. To ensure customers can safely shop, there are three ways you can purchase tax-free supplies from Florida retailers.

Visit: Visit your local retailer to shop all the options available.

Online: Find your favorite Florida retailer online to select what you need.

Curbside or Delivery: Call your local retailer to place an order for curbside pick-up or delivery, where available.

Many stores are taking safety precautions, including social distancing and wearing masks, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Help protect others by following CDC guidelines and local laws.

Visit to learn more about what you need to prepare and help your children return to school safely. For a full list of eligible tax-free supplies, please visit

This year’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7097 into law on April 8. The legislation was championed by Budget Chairs Sen. Rob Bradley and Rep. Travis Cummings, and the tax-free holiday was a priority of Sen. Joe Gruters, Sen. Keith Perry, Sen. Kelli Stargel and Rep. Bryan Avila.

The forecast on spending this season is informed by a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation. For more information, visit: