The 2020 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is happening again this year from August 7 – 9, 2020. We’ve got all the details you need to know to save some $$ on your back to school shopping!  These are dates that you can purchase clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies without paying the sales tax (7% here in Polk County).

Here are the important details for this year’s event:


Begins on Friday, August 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.
Ends on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.


  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item (Clothing, wallets, or bags, including handbags, backpacks, fanny packs, and diaper bags. Excludes briefcases, suitcases, and other garment bags) Note this is ANY item of clothing on the allowed list, including clothing and footwear for adults.
  • School uniforms less than $60 per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item
    • Included items: 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
    • Miscellaneous items that are NOT included: printer paper, white-out type products, masking tape
  • The first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers or personal computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

The Department of Revenue will publish a full list of items closer to August, click here to check for the full list.


Gift Cards – The sale of a gift card is never taxable. Eligible items purchased during the holiday period using a gift card will qualify for the exemption, regardless of when the gift card was purchased. Eligible items purchased with a gift card after the holiday period are taxable, even if the gift card was purchased during the holiday period.

Exchanging a Purchase after the Holiday Expires – When a customer purchases an eligible item during the holiday period, then later exchanges the item for the same item (e.g., different size or different color), no tax will be due even if the exchange is made after the holiday period. If an item is returned for a credit and a replacement purchased with the credit as a separate transaction after the holiday, sales tax will be due.

Coupons, Discounts, and Rebates –  If a coupon/discount offered by the retail seller brings the item under $60, it will be tax-free. A manufacturer’s coupon that brings an item under $60 will likely mean you owe sales tax. This is a bit confusing, if something falls around the $60 threshold, ask before you purchase.

Mail-Order, Catalog, or Online Sales – Eligible items purchased by mail order, catalog, or online are tax-free when the order is accepted by the company during the holiday period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the holiday period.

Excluded Locations – Sales of any eligible items in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Click here to check for a full list of what is taxable and non-taxable during the Florida Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday from the Florida Department of Revenue.
(DOR currently has 2019 info still listed – but 2020 Sales Tax Holiday dates are confirmed.)

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April Mucci Lakeland Mom
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