Note: The state of Florida used to run an annual tax-free shopping event every August, just in time for back-to-school shopping. However, this year's tax-free shopping event applies only to the purchase of hurricane preparedness materials.
Florida's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for May 31-June 8, 2014. Qualifying purchases include:
- Weather radios
- Portable generators (valued at $750 or less)
- And more
Smart Shopping Strategies for Florida's Tax Free Weekend:
Being a sensible shopper is the best way to save even more more during tax free weekend. For example, comparing prices at several different stores, which you can do online, and plan on using coupons when you can.
In addition, don't buy anything you don't really need. Since the regular sales tax rate in Florida is 6-7.5% (depending on what county you're in), that's the amount of money you'll save by shopping during the sales tax holiday. You might find that you can actually save more money by shopping at competitive sales either before or after the tax free weekend, along with using coupons or taking advantage of special promotions.
Keep in mind, too, that some items will still be taxed during Florida's tax free weekend. For example, many sporting goods are not tax exempt in Florida, such as football pads and protective helmets, but cleats and spiked shoes are. If you have any questions about what counts and what doesn't, refer to Florida's Department of Revenue website for a list of tax exempt items.
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