Save Money this Summer with 4 Tax Free Weeks in Florida in 2022

Florida Tax Free Weekend

During Summer 2022, Floridians can save money on camping gear, kayaks, snorkeling gear, fishing rods, outdoor supplies, sports equipment, concert tickets, annual museum memberships, sporting events, plays, gym memberships, batteries, coolers, generators, school supplies, uniforms, clothing, power tools, and more.

Three existing tax free holidays and one new tax free week in Florida provide savings on a variety of items while they are tax exempt!

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities from September 27 - October 2. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

During these tax free weekends in 2022 (that are actually 7-14 days 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 7071 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2022.

In addition, the Florida Legislature passed sales tax exemptions specifically for families in 2022 – 2023 including no sales tax on diapers in Florida for 1 year, no sales tax on baby and toddler clothing and shoes, primarily intended for children age 5 or younger, and a 3 month sales tax exemption in summer 2022 on the retail sale of children’s books.

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: May 28 – June 10, 2022

This tax holiday is intended to help Floridians get prepared for Hurricane Season. During the 14 day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Week, the following items are exempt from sales tax:

  • A portable self-powered light source selling for $40 or less
  • A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $100 or less
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $100 or less
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $50 or less
  • A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $50 or less
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $60 or less
  • A 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 Week Sales Tax Holiday: July 1 – July 7, 2022

This Florida tax-free weekend was new in 2021 and is designed to provide tax relief on a variety of outdoor activities and live events. No sales tax will be collected on purchases made during July 1-7, 2022 for recreational activities and recreational supplies as listed below. Keep an eye out – we’ll likely also see some great sales and specials during this tax free week!

Concerts, Sporting Events, Live Performances, + Gyms

  • Live events and performances scheduled to be held between July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022 – 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 July 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022
  • (Note that these tickets and memberships must be PURCHASED during the designated week)

Boating and Water Activity Supplies

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

Camping Supplies

  • The first $200 of the sales price of tents
  • The first $50 of the sales price of sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves, and collapsible camping chairs
  • The first $30 of the sales price of camping lanterns or flashlights

Fishing Supplies

  • The first $75 of the sales price of rods and reels, if sold individually, or the first $150, if sold as a set
  • The first $30 of the sales price of tackle boxes or bags
  • The first $5 of the sales price of bait or fishing tackle, if sold per item, or the first $10, if multiple items are sold together.

General Outdoor Supplies

  • The first $15 of the sales price of sunscreen or insect repellant
  • The first $100 of the sales price of sunglasses
  • The first $200 of the sales price of binoculars
  • The first $30 of the sales price of water bottles
  • The first $50 of the sales price of hydration packs
  • The first $250 of the sales price of outdoor gas or charcoal grills
  • The first $50 of the sales price of bicycle helmets
  • The first $250 of the sales price of bicycles

Residential Pool Supplies

  • The first $100 of the sales price of individual residential pool and spa replacement parts,
    nets, filters, lights, and covers
  • The first $150 of the combined sales price of all residential pool and spa chemicals
    purchased by an individual

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 Week: July 25 – August 7, 2022

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 25, 2022 to Sunday, August 7, 2022. 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, 2022-2023 School Calendar, Education Guide

Tool Time Sales Tax Holiday: September 3 – September 9, 2022

This brand new tax free weekend in Florida is a 7 day sales tax holiday from September 3, 2022 through September 9, 2022 for specified tools commonly used by skilled trade workers. During the holiday, purchases of the following 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

This year, parents in Florida can also save with year-long sales tax breaks on diapers and clothing for children under 5. For 1 year – from July 2022 – June 2023, there will be no sales tax on diapers, clothing, or shoes intended for children under 5. For 3 months during Summer 2022, there will be no sales tax on children’s books. Learn more about these tax breaks for parents in Florida.

Summer Fun Guide

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