2016 Florida Sales Tax Holiday: What to Know

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(WFLA) — The 2016 Florida Sales Tax Holiday will be much shorter than last year’s holiday, which lasted for ten days. This year’s sales tax holiday will be three days. Here’s what you need to know, according to the Florida Department of Revenue.

2016 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

  • Begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016
  • Ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, 2016.

During this sales tax holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

  • Any item of clothing selling for more than $60
  • Any school supply item selling for more than $15
  • Books that are not otherwise exempt
  • Personal computers and computer-related accessories
  • Rentals or leases of any of these items
  • Repairs or alterations of any of these items
  • Sales of clothing or school supplies in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

“Clothing” means any article of wearing apparel, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates) intended to be worn on or about the human body. Clothing does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, or handkerchiefs. This exemption does not apply to sales of clothing, wallets, or bags in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Examples of Exempt Clothing Items:

  • Accessories (generally)
    • Barrettes and bobby pins
    • Belt buckles
    • Bow ties
    • Hairnets, bows, clips, and hairbands
    • Handbags
    • Neckwear
    • Ponytail holders
    • Scarves
    • Ties
    • Wallets
  • Aerobic/Fitness clothing
  • Aprons/Clothing shields
  • Athletic supporters
  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks
  • Bandanas
  • Baseball cleats
  • Bathing suits, caps, and cover-ups
  • Belts
  • Bibs
  • Blouses
  • Book bags
  • Boots (except ski boots)
  • Bowling shoes (purchased)
  • Braces and supports worn to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity or injury*
  • Bras
  • Caps and hats
  • Choir and altar clothing*
  • Cleated and spiked shoes
  • Clerical vestments*
  • Coats and wraps
  • Coin purses
  • Costumes
  • Coveralls
  • Diaper bags
  • Diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby, cloth or disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Employee uniforms
  • Fanny packs
  • Fishing vests (nonflotation)
  • Formal clothing (purchased)
  • Gloves (generally)
    • Dress (purchased)
    • Garden
    • Leather
    • Work
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hats
  • Hosiery, including support hosiery
  • Hunting vests
  • Insoles
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Lab coats
  • Leg warmers
  • Leotards and tights
  • Lingerie
  • Martial arts attire
  • Overshoes and rubber shoes
  • Pants
  • Panty hose
  • Purses
  • Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos
  • Receiving blankets
  • Religious clothing*
  • Robes
  • Safety clothing
  • Safety shoes
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shawls and wraps
  • Shirts
  • Shoe inserts
  • Shoes (including athletic)
  • Shoulder pads (e.g., dresses or jackets)
  • Shorts
  • Ski suits (snow)
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear (nightgowns and pajamas)
  • Slippers
  • Slips
  • Socks
  • Sports uniforms (except pads, helmets)
  • Suits, slacks, and jackets
  • Suspenders
  • Sweatbands
  • Sweaters
  • Swim suits and trunks
  • Ties (neckties – all)
  • Tights
  • Tuxedos (excluding rentals)
  • Underclothes
  • Uniforms (work, school, and athletic – excluding pads)
  • Vests
  • Vintage clothing
  • Work clothes and uniforms

“School supplies” means pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators. This exemption does not apply to sales of school supplies in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Examples of Exempt School Supply Items:

  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane (transparent) tape
  • Colored pencils
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Computer disks (blank CDs only)
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue (stick and liquid)
  • Highlighters
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebook filler paper
  • Notebooks
  • Paste
  • Pencils, including mechanical and refills
  • Pens, including felt, ballpoint, fountain, highlighters, and refills
  • Poster board
  • Poster paper
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors


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