Ron DeSantis: Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Will Save Florida Families More than $100 Million

As Florida families prepare for another school year, this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis encouraged Floridians to save money on school supplies from Monday through August 7.

With the school year quickly approaching, the sales tax holiday is predicted to save Florida families more than $100 million this year. Department of Education Commissioner Manny Diaz and Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale joined DeSantis in reminding Floridians they can save money on school supplies and clothing during the 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

“We are fiscally in the strongest position that the state of Florida has ever seen in modern history,” said DeSantis. “The back-to-school tax holiday will allow families to be able to save for things that really matter.”

During the 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday qualifying items will be exempt from tax including:

Learning aids selling for $30 or less per item, such as:

• Interactive Books
• Jigsaw Puzzles
• Other toys that teach reading or math skills

School supplies selling for $50 or less per item, such as:

• Binders
• Calculators
• Notebooks
• Pens and pencils
• Lunch boxes

Clothing and footwear selling for $100 or less per item, such as:

Backpacks,
Pants,
Shoes,
Shirts, and
Sweaters.

Personal computers and related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use selling for $1,500 or less per item, such as:

• Personal Computers
• Flash drives
• Computer batteries
• Printers
• Headphones

“Back to school time can be stressful on families as they prepare for another year of learning,” said Diaz. “As inflation continues to rise, it’s important for Floridians to take advantage of these savings while they can. Our incredible educators are looking forward to another exciting and productive school year!”

“The cost of school supplies has definitely gone up, but the 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will help families by offsetting some of that increase so students can have the supplies they need for a successful start to the school year,” said Zingale. “Information about qualifying items is available on the Department of Revenue’s website at floridarevenue.com/backtoschool.”

In addition, families can continue saving during the 2022 Children’s Books Sales Tax Exemption, which began on Saturday, May 14, and extends through Sunday, August 14. Fiction or nonfiction books intended for children ages 12 and younger are tax free during the Children’s Books Sales Tax Exemption.

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