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Weeks of Tax Free Shopping

On May 6, 2022, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill establishing 10 — yes, 10 — sales tax holidays. The first started May 14, 2022.

There’s a lot to digest. Some of the sales holidays last less than a week, some a few months, some two years. Some exempt all qualifying products, some set price or age restrictions. For consumers, discovering the host of temporarily exempt transactions could be a romp.

Sales tax holiday for children’s books, May 14–August 14, 2022

Lauded as Florida’s “first sales tax exemption period on children’s books,” this new sales tax holiday establishes a temporary exemption for any fiction or nonfiction book “primarily intended for children ages 12 or younger” Per the Florida Department of Revenue: “If a book is labeled with an age range that includes 12 years old and younger, then the book qualifies for the exemption.” Eligible audiobooks on CD or tape also qualify. Bibles, prayer books, and school books are always exempt from Florida sales tax.

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Disaster preparedness sales tax holiday, May 28–June 10, 2022

This isn’t the first time Florida has provided a sales tax holiday for items that can help residents weather a storm, but some eligible items are new this year. Sales tax does not apply to the following items during the tax-free period:

  • Priced $20 or less: reusable ice packs
  • Priced $40 or less: portable, self-powered lights (candles, flashlights, lanterns)
  • Priced $50 or less: batteries; gas or diesel fuel containers; portable radios...

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Freedom Week July 1–7, 2022

 Freedom Week

Like last year, Florida is providing a temporary exemption for a variety of items that encourage outdoor activity and amusement. And like last year, the exemption often applies to a portion of a sales price only.

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Sales tax holiday for children’s diapers; baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

 

BabiesThis tax-free period lasts a whole year!

There are no price restrictions for this sales tax holiday, but as with the tax-free period for children’s books, there is an age limit.

As explained by the Florida Department of Revenue, “During this sales tax exemption period, tax is not due on the retail sale of children’s diapers or on baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and shoes primarily intended for children age 5 or younger.” Too bad, parents of children aged six and up.

TIP #22A01-06 provides examples of qualifying clothing and accessories.

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Sales tax holiday for Energy Star appliances, July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

 

Retail sales of the following Energy Star products will also be exempt from Florida sales tax for one year..

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Sales tax holiday for impact-resistant doors, garage doors, and windows, July 1, 2022–June 30, 2024

This tax-free period lasts two years!

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2022 back-to-school sales tax holiday, July 25, 2022–August 7, 2022

 

Back to School 2Price restrictions are in effect during the 2022 back-to-school sales tax holiday. Because Florida is offering multiple, overlapping sales tax holidays this year, some items that won’t qualify for an exemption under the back-to-school sales tax holiday are exempt under the sales tax holiday for children’s books or the sales tax holiday for children’s diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and footwear. See TIP #22A01-08 for specifics, including examples of eligible products.

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2022 sales tax holiday for tools commonly used by skilled trade workers, September 3–9, 2022

 

A new “Tool Time” sales tax holiday is surely a dream come true for any tool aficionado. You don’t have to be a skilled trade worker to benefit from the temporary exemption.

 

Tools

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Fuel tax holiday, October 1–31, 2022

Florida is also providing a temporary motor fuel tax exemption in 2022, like New YorkMaryland, and several other states.

Details will be forthcoming at the Department of Revenue website.

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