Believe it or not, the first day of school is just around the corner. And this year the state has extended the tax-free shopping from 3 days to 5 days.  Florida’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. August 2nd. and runs through 11:59 p.m. August 6th.

As reported by Florida Today, this year also includes a break on “technology” purchases like computers and accessories of up to $1,000. You’ll have 5 full days to save at least 6% on in-state and local school related purchases.

The Florida Retail Federation reports this tax-free holiday is the state’s second busiest shopping holiday (behind Black Friday). So keep in mind, online shopping is also tax-free during these days.

Below you will find a list of the more popular items that will be tax-exempt:


  •     Desktop, laptop and tablets for noncommercial or personal use
  •     Car adapters for laptop computers
  •     Computer batteries
  •     Computer towers
  •     Electronic book readers
  •     Hard drives
  •     Headphones, earbuds
  •     Printers
  •     Ink cartridges
  •     Routers
  •     Scanners
  •     Software (non-recreational)

Clothing & Accessories:

  •     Jackets, jeans, leggings, blouses, pants, shirts, underclothes, robes
  •     Fitness clothing
  •     Handbags, purses, wallets
  •     Backpacks and book bags
  •     Bicycle helmets (youth)
  •     Shoes (including athletic shoes)
  •     Swim suits and trunks

School Supplies:

  •     Notebooks, binders, folders, notebook filler paper, legal pads
  •     Lunch boxes
  •     Pens, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters
  •     Calculators
  •     Compasses, protractors, rulers, scissors, staplers and staples
  •     Poster board, poster paper, construction paper
  •     Glue, paste, Cellophane (transparent) tape

For a list of items that are NOT tax-exempt click HERE.

Rich Fields is a veteran radio broadcaster who is best known for having been the Announcer on the Price is Right. He is also an Emmy Award winning Meteorologist .