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Save Money this Summer with Multiple Tax Free Weeks in Florida in 2023

Florida Tax Free Weekend

During Summer 2023, Floridians can save money on school supplies, uniforms, clothing, camping gear, kayaks, snorkeling gear, fishing rods, outdoor supplies, sports equipment, concert tickets, annual museum memberships, sporting events, plays, gym memberships, batteries, coolers, generators, power tools, and more.

Previous tax free holidays and tax free weeks in Florida have been expanded to provide savings on a variety of items during tax exempt weeks and months.

During these tax free weekends in 2023 (that actually range from 14 days to 3 months this year) you will not pay the state of Florida sales tax of 6% OR any additional county discretionary sales surtax on specific items listed below. These tax-free weeks are part of HB 7063 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2023.

In addition, the Florida Legislature passed permanent Florida sales tax exemptions specifically for families including no sales tax on diapers in Florida, no sales tax on baby and toddler clothing and shoes, primarily intended for children age 5 or younger, no sales tax on cribs, strollers, baby gear, and more, beginning July 1, 2023.

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays:
May 27 – June 9, 2023 AND Aug 26 – Sept 8, 2023

This tax holiday is intended to help Floridians get prepared for Hurricane Season. During the 14 day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Weeks, the items listed below are exempt from sales tax. There are two “disaster preparedness” sales tax holidays this year – May 27 through June 9, 2023, and August 26 through September 8, 2023.

  • portable self-powered light source selling for $40 or less
  • portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
  • tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $100 or less
  • ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $100 or less
  • gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $50 or less
  • batteries – AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $50 or less
  • nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $60 or less
  • portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $1,000 or less
  • reusable ice selling for $20 or less
  • portable power banks selling for $60 or less
  • supplies necessary for the evacuation of household pets including portable kennels or pet carriers selling for $100 or less, bags of dry pet food weighing 15 or fewer pounds and selling for $30 or less, leashes and collars, cat litter, pet beds (visit the Department of Revenue for a full list with price limitations on each item).

Related: Hurricane Preparation Tips

Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday: May 29 – September 4, 2023

This Florida tax-free weekend was new in 2021 (Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday) and is designed to provide tax relief on a variety of outdoor activities and live events. It has been expanded to a full 3 months this year! No sales tax will be collected on purchases made during May 29 – September 4, 2023 for recreational activities and recreational supplies as listed below.

Concerts, Sporting Events, Live Performances, + Gyms

  • Live events and performances scheduled to be held between May 29, 2023, and December 31, 2023 – this includes concerts, sporting events, movies, ballets, plays, musical theatre performances, fairs, festivals, or cultural events.
  • Entry to a museum, including annual passes
  • Use of or access to state parks, including annual passes
  • Season tickets to ballet, play, or musical theatre performances
  • Use of or access to gyms and physical fitness facilities between May 29, 2023, and December 31, 2023
  • (Note that these tickets and memberships must be PURCHASED during the designated summer months)

Boating and Water Activity Supplies

  • life jackets, coolers, paddles, and oars priced under $75
  • pool tubes, pool floats, inflatable chairs, and pool toys priced under $35
  • safety flares priced under $50
  • water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, and recreational inflatable tubes or floats capable of being towed and priced under $150
  • paddleboards and surfboards priced under $300
  • canoes and kayaks priced under $500
  • snorkels, goggles, and swimming masks priced under $25

Camping Supplies

  • tents priced under $200
  • sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves, and collapsible camping chairs priced under $50
  • camping lanterns or flashlights priced under $30

Fishing Supplies

  • fishing rods and reels priced under $75 if sold individually, or $150 if sold as a set
  • tackle boxes or bags priced under $30
  • bait or fishing tackle priced under $5

General Outdoor Supplies

  • sunscreen or insect repellant priced under $15
  • sunglasses priced under $100
  • binoculars priced under $200
  • water bottles priced under $30 and hydration packs priced under $50
  • outdoor gas or charcoal grills priced under $250
  • bicycles priced under $500 and bicycle helmets priced under $50

Residential Pool Supplies

  • pool and spa replacement parts, nets, filters, lights, and covers priced under $100
  • residential pool and spa chemicals priced under $150

Sports Equipment

  • Any item used in individual or team sports, not including clothing or footwear, selling for $40 or less

Related: Outdoor Activities Guide, Canoe + Kayak Rentals, Calendar of Events

Back to School Tax Free Weeks:
July 24 – August 6, 2023 AND January 1 – 14, 2024

Once only a 3 day weekend, the Back to School Tax Free Weekend in Florida is now 14 days long! The School Sales Tax holiday runs from Monday, July 24, 2023 to Sunday, August 6, 2023. There is also a SECOND back to school tax free shopping week from January 1-14, 2024.

We’ve got a separate article with the details you need to know to save money on your back-to-school shopping. These are dates that you can purchase clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies without paying the sales tax:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $100 or less per item. Note this is ANY item of clothing on the allowed list, including clothing and footwear for adults.
  • School uniforms less than $100 per item
  • Certain school supplies selling for $50 or less per item
  • The first $1,500 of the sales price of personal computers or personal computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Related: Back to School Guide, 2023-2024 School Calendar, Education Guide

Tool Time Sales Tax Holiday: September 2 – September 8, 2023

This brand new tax free weekend in Florida started in 2022 and is a 7 day sales tax holiday from September 2, 2023 through September 8, 2023 for specified tools commonly used by skilled trade workers. During the holiday, purchases of the following qualifying items are exempt from sales tax:

  • hand tools selling for $50 or less
  • power tools selling for $300 or less
  • power tool batteries selling for $150 or less
  • work gloves selling for $25 or less
  • safety glasses selling for $50 or less
  • protective coveralls selling for $50 or less
  • work boots selling for $175 or less
  • tool belts selling for $100 or less
  • duffle/tote bags selling for $50 or less
  • tool boxes selling for $75 or less
  • tool boxes for vehicles selling for $300 or less
  • industry text books and code books selling for $125 or less
  • electrical voltage and testing equipment selling for $100 or less
  • LED flashlights selling for $50 or less
  • shop lights selling for $100 or less
  • handheld pipe cutters, drain opening tools, and plumbing inspection equipment selling for $150 or less

Keep in mind that the above sales tax holidays do not apply to sales within a theme park or entertainment complex, at a hotel or public lodging establishment, or at an airport. More information and a full list of items for each tax free holiday can be found on the Department of Revenue website.

Sales Tax Savings for Parents – Diapers, Clothing, Books

Parents in Florida can also save with permanent sales tax exemptions on items for babies and young children. Beginning July 1, 2023, there will be no sales tax on diapers, clothing, or baby gear for children under 5. Learn more about these tax breaks for parents in Florida.

Florida Sales Tax FAQ’s

What is the sales tax in Florida?

Florida sales tax is 6% with exemptions on a few items. Many Florida counties also have a county tax (discretionary sales surtax) that makes Florida sales tax 7%, 6.5%, or even 7.5% in some counties.

Do Florida tax free weeks apply to online purchases?

Florida sales tax exemptions should apply to any online retailer who is currently responsible for paying sales tax in Florida.

When is tax free weekend in Florida?

Florida has multiple tax free weeks in 2023. The Back to School Sales Tax Holiday is July 24 – August 6, 2023. Freedom Summer Sales Tax Savings are from May 29 – September 4, 2023. Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays are May 27 – June 9, 2023 AND August 26 – September 8, 2023.

When is Florida’s tax free weekend for school supplies?

The popular Back-to-School sales tax weekend in Florida is a full 2 weeks beginning Monday, July 24, 2023 and ending on Sunday, August 6, 2023! You won’t pay sales tax on clothing, school uniforms, shoes, school supplies, computers, and more.

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