Florida Tax Free Weekend: The Complete Shopping List

Are you planning on taking advantage of the tax free weekend and getting your back to school shopping done?  If you’re not sure what’s tax exempt and what you still have to pay tax on, we’ve got you covered.

The tax-free weekend runs August 2nd-4th and according to the Florida Department of Revenue, here’s what you need to know:

Clothing items, shoes and various accessories are all exempt, up to $75

Personal computers, tablets and other electronic items are exempt when they are for personal/home use and not exceeding $750

Certain school supply items under $15 are exempt too

Here’s the complete list of items that are exempt and those that are not from New Tampa Patch and it’s awesome!  If there’s a (T) the item is taxable.  If there’s an (E) next to the item, it’s exempt this weekend.

T Accessories (generally)

E • Barrettes and bobby pins

E • Belt buckles

E • Bow ties

E • Hair nets, bows, clips, and bands

E • Handbags and wallets

T • Handkerchiefs

T • Jewelry

T • Key cases

E • Neckwear

E • Ponytail holders

E • Scarves

E • Ties

T • Watches and watch bands

E Aerobic and fitness clothing

E Aprons and clothing shields

T Athletic gloves and pads

E Athletic supporters


E Baby clothes

E Backpacks

E Bandanas

E Baseball cleats

E Bathing suits, caps, and cover-ups

E Belts and belt buckles

T Belts for weightlifting

E Bibs

E Blouses

E Book bags

E Boots (except ski boots)

E Bowling shoes (purchased)

T Bowling shoes (rented)

E Bow ties

E Braces and supports worn to correct or

alleviate a physical incapacity or injury

E Bras

T Briefcases

E Caps and hats

T Checkbook covers (separate from wallets)

T Chest protectors for baseball/softball

E Choir and altar clothing

E Cleats and spiked shoes

E Clerical vestments

T Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics

T Clothing repair items such as thread, buttons, tapes, iron-on patches, zippers

E Coats and wraps

E Coin purses

T Corsages and boutonnieres

T Cosmetic bags

E Costumes

E Coveralls

T Crib blankets

E Diaper bags

E Diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby,

cloth or disposable)

T Diving suits (wet and dry)

E Dresses

T Duffel bags
E – F

T Elbow pads

E Employee uniforms

E Fanny packs

T Fins

T Fishing boots (waders)

E Fishing vests (non-flotation)

T Football pads

E Formal clothing (purchased)

T Formal clothing (rented)

T Garment bags

E Gloves (for the most part)

T • Baseball

T • Batting

T • Bicycle

E • Dress (excluding rentals)

E • Garden

T • Golf

T • Hockey

E • Leather

T • Rubber

T • Surgical

T • Tennis

E • Work

T Goggles (except prescription )

E Graduation caps and gowns

E Gym suits and uniforms

E Hair nets, bows, clips, and bands

E Handbags and purses

T Handkerchiefs

T Hard hats

E Hats

T Helmets (bike, baseball, football, hockey,

motorcycle, sports)

E Hosiery, including support hosiery

E Hunting vests

T Ice and in-line skates

E Insoles

E Jackets

E Jeans

T Jewelry

T Key chains

T Knee pads

E Lab coats

E Leg warmers

E Leotards and tights

T Life jackets and vests

E Lingerie

T Luggage


T Makeup bags

E Martial arts attire

E Neckwear and ties

E Overshoes and rubber shoes

T Pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow,knee, shoulder)

T Paint or dust masks

E Pants

E Pantyhose

T Patterns

T Protective masks (athletic)

E Purses

E Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos

E Receiving blankets

E Religious clothing

T Rented clothing (including uniforms, formalwear, and costumes)

T Repair of wearing apparel

E Robes

T Roller blades and skates

E Safety clothing

T Safety glasses (except prescription )

E Safety shoes

E Scarves

E Scout uniforms

T Shaving kits/bags

E Shawls and wraps

T Shin guards and padding

E Shirts

E Shoe inserts

E Shoes (including athletic)

E Shirts

E Shoe inserts

E Shoes (including athletic)

E Shoulder pads (for dresses, jackets, etc.)

T Shoulder pads (football, hockey, sports)

E Shorts

T Skates (ice, in-line, roller)

T Ski boots (snow)

T Ski vests (water)

E Ski suits (snow)

T Skin diving suits

E Skirts

E Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas

E Slippers

E Slips

E Socks

T Sports helmets

T Sports pads (football, hockey, soccer, knee, elbow, shoulder)

E Shoulder pads (for dresses, jackets,etc.)

E Sports uniforms (except pads, helmets)

T Suitcases

E Suits, slacks, and jackets

T Sunglasses (except prescription )

E Suspenders

E Sweatbands

E Sweaters

T Swimming masks

E Swim suits and trunks


E Ties (neckties – all)

E Tights

E Tuxedos (excluding rentals)

T Umbrellas

E Underclothes

E Uniforms (work, school, and athletic, excluding pads)

E Vests

E Vintage clothing

E Wallets

T Watches and watch bands

T Water ski vests

T Weight lifting belts

T Wet and dry diving suits

T Wigs

E Work clothes and uniforms

School Supplies- They must be $15 or less and books are NOT exempt

E Binders

E Calculators

E Transparent tape

E Colored pencils

E Compasses

E Composition books

E Computer disks (blank CDs only)

T Computer paper

E Construction paper

T Correction tape, fluid, or pens

E Crayons

E Erasers

E Folders

E Glue (stick and liquid)

E Highlighters

E Legal pads

E Lunch boxes

E Markers

T Masking tape

E Notebook filler paper

E Notebooks

E Paste

E Pencils, including mechanical and refills

E Pens, including felt, ballpoint, fountain, highlighters, and refills

E Poster board

E Poster paper

T Printer paper

E Protractors

E Rulers

E Scissors

T Staplers

T Staples

Tax-Exempt Electronics and Accessories

E Batteries (For computers)

T Batteries (regular)

E Cables for computers

E Car adaptors for laptop computers

T Cases for electronic devices (including electronic reader covers)

T CDs/DVDs (music, voice, pre-recorded item)

T Cellular telephones (smart telephones)

E Central processing units (CPU)

E Compact disk drives

E Computer for noncommercial or personal use

E • Desktop

E • Laptop

E • Tablet

T Computer bags

T Computers designed/intended for recreation (games and toys)

T Computer paper

T Copy machines and copier ink/toner

E Data storage devices (excludes ones used in digital cameras)

E • Blank CDs

E • Diskettes

E • Flash drives

E • Jump drives

E • Memory cards

E • Portable hard drives

E • Storage drives

E • Thumb drives

E •E • Zip drives

T Digital cameras

T Digital media receivers

E Docking stations (designed for a computer)

E Ear buds and headphones

E Electronic book readers

T Fax machines – stand alone

T Furniture

T Game controllers (e.g., joy sticks)

T Game systems and consoles

T Games and gaming software

E Hard drives

E Headphones (including “ear buds”)

E Ink cartridges (for computers)

E Keyboards (for computers)

E Mice (mouse devices)

E Microphones (built-in computers)

E Modems

E Monitors (except devices that include a television tuner)

E Motherboards

T MP3 players or accessories

E Personal digital assistant devices (except cellular telephones)

E Port replicators

E Printer cartridges

E Printers (including “all-in-one” models)

T Projectors

E RAM – random access memory

T Rented computers or computer accessories

E Routers

E Scanners

T Smart telephones

E Software (nonrecreational)

E • Antivirus

E • Database

E • Educational

E • Financial

E • Word processing

E Speakers (for computers)

E Storage drives (for computers)

T Surge protectors

E Tablets

T Tablet cases or covers

T Televisions (including digital media receivers)

T Video game consoles

E Web cameras

You can check out the complete article from New Patch Tampa here.

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