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Florida Tax Free Weekend 2018: Dates, Times

Florida Tax Free Weekend 2018: Dates, Times & What Qualifies

Florida’s Tax Free Weekend is Friday, August 3 — Sunday, August 5. It began at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and will end Sunday at 11:59 p.m. This means tax free weekend is going on right now. Here is everything you need to know about tax free weekend and what qualifies and what does not.

The Following Items Are Exempt from Taxes in Florida This Holiday

Certain school supplies that are $15 or less per item
Clothing, accessories, and shoes that are $60 or less per item
Eligible items that are put on layaway during the tax-free weekend, even if the final payment is made after the tax-free weekend is over

The clothing and accessories part of the exemption can get a little confusing. Qualified clothing includes apparel, footwear, and some accessories. But qualified accessories do not include watches, jewelry, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, athletic gloves, corsages, cosmetic bags, elbow pads, any gloves for sports, skates, or wigs. Qualified accessories do include items such as hairbands and ponytail holders, belt buckles, bow ties, barrettes and bobby pins, hair clips, hair nets and bows, scarves, ties, purses, fanny packs, and wallets.

Qualified clothing (that costs $60 or less per item) includes items such as:

Accessories (Barrettes and bobby pins, belt buckles, bow tie, hairnets, bows, clips, and hairbands, handbags, neckwear, ponytail holders, scarves, ties, wallets
Aerobic and fitness clothing
Aprons and clothing shields
Athletic supporters
Baby clothes
Backpacks and book bags
Baseball cleats
Bathing suits, caps, and cover-ups
Bicycle helmets marked for use by youth
Boots (except ski or fishing boots)
Bowling shoes (purchased)
Braces and supports worn to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity or injury
Choir and altar clothing
Cleated and spiked shoes
Clerical vestments
Coin purses
Diaper bags, diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby, cloth or disposable)
Fanny packs
Fishing vests (non-flotation)
Formal clothing (purchased)
Glove (dress, garden, work, etc.)
Graduation caps and gowns
Gym suits and uniforms
Hats and caps
Hosiery and panty hose (including support hosiery)
Hunting vests
Jackets •
Lab coats
Leggings, tights, and leg warmers, leotards
Martial arts attire
Overshoes and rubber shoes
Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos
Receiving blankets
Religious clothing
Safety clothing and safety shoes
Scout uniforms
Shawls and wraps
Shoe inserts and insoles
Shoes (including athletic)
Shoulder pads (e.g., dresses or jackets)
Ski suits (snow)
Sleepwear (nightgowns and pajamas)
Suits, slacks, and jackets
Swimsuits and trunks
Ties (neckties and bow ties)
Tuxedos (purchased only, not rented)
Uniforms (work, school, and athletic – excluding pads)

Qualified school supplies, according to the Florida government, cost $15 or less per item and must not be sold in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging, or airport. Examples include:

Calculators, compasses, protractors, rulers
CDs (blank only)
Composition books, legal pads, notebooks
Crayons, markers
Glue (stick and liquid), paste
Lunch boxes
Paper such as construction paper, notebook filler paper
Pencils, colored pencils, mechanical pencils & refills
Pens (felt, ballpoint, fountain), highlighters, refills
Poster board & poster paper
Tape (cellphone transparent)

Online purchases also qualify, as long as you order before 11:59 p.m. on Sunday and request immediate delivery (even if the items arrive after the holiday, it still qualifies.) Layaway items also qualify.

The Following Items Are Not Exempt from Taxes in Florida This Holiday

Any item of clothing that costs more than $60
Any school supply that costs more than $15
Any rentals or leases, even if the items are eligible if purchased
Repairs or alterations of eligible items
Any eligible items sold in a theme park, entertainment complex, airport, or public lodging

It’s tough to know where to draw the line on school supplies. For example, staplers, staples, masking tape, and computer paper are not tax free. But construction paper, colored pencils, erasers, highlighters, paste, pens, pencils, and scissors are tax free. The details

In addition, computers and computer accessories are NOT tax free this year, unlike last year. This year, Florida lawmakers decided to exclude computers, printers, computer paper and the like from the tax free holiday.

If you buy an item during tax free weekend and later exchange it for the same item (just a different size or color), you won’t have to pay taxes, even if you make the exchange after tax-free weekend.



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