During Summer 2021, 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, and more.
Two existing tax free holidays and one new tax free weekend in Florida provide savings on a variety of items while they are tax exempt! During these tax free weekends in 2021 (that are actually full weeks 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 7061 passed by the Florida Legislature in 2021.
Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: May 28 – June 6, 2021
This tax holiday is intended to help Floridians get prepared for Hurricane Season. During the 10 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
Related: Hurricane Preparation Tips
Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday: July 1 – July 7, 2021
This Florida tax free weekend is 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, 2021 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, 2021, and December 31, 2021 – 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, 2021, and December 31, 2021
Boating and Water Activity Supplies
- The first $75 of the sales price of life jackets, coolers, paddles, and oars
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Any item used in individual or team sports, not including clothing or footwear, selling for $40 or less
Back to School Tax Free Week: July 31 – August 9, 2021
Once only a 3 day weekend, the Back to School Tax Free Weekend in Florida is now 10 days long! The School Sales Tax holiday runs from Saturday, July 31, 2021 to Monday, August 9, 2021. 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 $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
- The first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers or personal computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.
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.
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