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Florida’s back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Saturday

This year’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place from July 31 through August 9.
This year’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place from July 31 through August 9.

DORAL, Fla. – This year’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will take place from July 31 through August 9.

During this period, parents will get a break from the state’s 6% sales tax just in time for the busy school season.

And with 610,000 kids enrolled in Miami-Dade and Broward schools, it is expected that parents and teachers will be flocking to stores to stock up and save beginning this weekend.

“General papers and folders — things like that,” says local mother Milixa Morón. “I’m going to do more this weekend.”

The tax-free holiday includes:

  • Any clothes, shoes, or accessories that are $60 or less
  • All school supplies $15 or less
  • Computers up to the first $1,000

However, parents aren’t the only ones looking forward to taking advantage of the tax-free holiday.

Teachers find it just as necessary, as well. “I’m looking for bulletin board dividers,” says second grade teacher Barbara Jiménez. “These little things because the kids can be in groups.”

“I have to make sure the students each have a set of supplies — everything is individual,” explains Jiménez.

On Friday, Walmart Supercenter in Doral opened its doors for Local 10 News, where colorful, back-to-school staples are in high supply.

However, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, shopping lists continue to look a little different (i.e., hand sanitizer and masks).

“We have the computers, the keyboards, the mouse,” says Heredia Largaespada of Walmart. “We also have the Lysol wipes, cleaning supplies, we have the headphones. We know they’ll have some social distance in school, so, we’re ready for that.”

Below, find your complete guide to everything you need to know about the sales tax holiday period.


Florida sales tax holiday guide 2021:

For more information, click here.


About the Author:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.