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From now until August 7, school related purchases will be tax free. As summer break comes to an end, students and teachers start to gear up for the upcoming school year. The back-to-school tax “holiday” will hopefully make it a little easier for them. During this exemption period, most school supplies that cost $50 or less will be tax exempt. You can even get your kid a new school wardrobe, clothing, shoes, and accessories selling for $100 or less are also included in the tax free period. Or if your child is starting college this year, now is a great time to get them a new computer. Computers and electronic accessories priced at $1,500 or less is also tax free!

Click here to download the PDF of the full list of items included for the tax-free holiday.

A lot of retailers have had overstocked on items, so be on the lookout for some sales to extend your savings. Children’s books will continue to stay tax-exempt until August 14, it applies to purchases of picture books, books for beginning readers and middle-grade books. According to Fox 13 News, the research group Florida TaxWatch estimated that the back-to-school tax holiday could save Florida consumers $100 million.

Here’s the list of all the back-to-school items that qualify as tax free.


  • School Supplies

    Here are some examples of school supplies that will be tax free when priced at $50 or less:
    • Binders
    • Calculators
    • Colored pencils
    • Composition books
    • Crayons
    • Erasers
    • Folders
    • Glue (stick and liquid)
    • Highlighters
    • Legal pads
    • Lunch boxes
    • Markers
    • Notebook filler paper
    • Notebooks
    • Paste
    • Pencils, including mechanical and refills
    • Pens, including felt, ballpoint, fountain, highlighters, and refills
    • Poster board
    • Protractors
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Staplers and staples (used to secure paper products)

  • Learning Aids

    Learning aids can be considered as interactive materials intended to teach reading or math skills. Examples of tax-exempt learning aids are the following items with a sales price of $30 or less per item:
    • Flashcards
    • Interactive books
    • Jigsaw puzzles
    • Learning cards
    • Matching games
    • Memory games
    • Puzzle books
    • Search-and-find books
    • Toys that teach reading or math skills

  • Computers and Related Products

    Personal computers such as electronic book readers, laptops, desktops, tablets, and tower computers are considered for tax-free with the sales price of $1,500 or less. This does not include cellular telephones, video game consoles, or digital media receivers.

    Here are examples of tax-exempt items:
    • Cables (for computers)
    • Compact disk drives
    • Computers for noncommercial or personal use (desktop, laptop, tablet)
    • Computer batteries
    • Computer towers consisting of a central processing unit, random-access memory, and a storage drive
    • Data storage devices (excludes those devices designed for use in digital cameras)
    • Electronic book readers
    • Hard drives
    • Headphones (including “earbuds”)
    • Ink cartridges (for computer printers)
    • Keyboards (for computers)
    • Mice (mouse devices)
    • Microphones (for computers)
    • Printer cartridges
    • Printers (including “all-in-one” models)
    • Software (Antivirus, database, educational, financial, word processing)
    • Speakers (for computers)
    • Storage drives (for computers)
    • Web cameras