The list of items exempt from Florida sales tax during this weekend's 2012 Sales Tax Holiday

The 2012 Sales Tax Holiday runs August 3 to 5

The start of the 2012 school year is just around the corner. If you need to purchase back-to-school clothing or school supplies, this weekend is your chance to pay no sales tax in Florida.

The Florida Legislature passed a bill Governor Scott signed into law making August 3 though 5 a sales tax-period. During the three days, most clothing and shoes, and some accessories costing of $75 or less will be tax free. Certain school supplies of $15 or less will also be tax free.

The Legislature decided "clothing" means any article intended to be worn on or about the human body, including all footwear (except skis, swim fins, roller blades, and skates).

"Clothing" does not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, umbrellas, handkerchiefs, or sporting equipment.

"School supplies" means pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, notebooks, notebook filler paper, legal pads, binders, lunch boxes, construction paper, markers, folders, poster board, composition books, poster paper, scissors, cellophane tape, glue, paste, rulers, computer disks, protractors, compasses, and calculators.

Books are not exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday except those books that are always exempt, such as Bibles.

The following is a list of articles of clothing in alphabetical order that are tax exempt if they are sold for $75 or less during the tax-exemption period:

  • Accessories (barrettes and bobby pins, belt buckles, bow ties, hair bands, hair bows, hair clips, hair nets, handbags, neckwear, ponytail holders, scarves, ties, wallets)
  • Aerobic/Fitness clothing
  • Aprons/Clothing shields
  • Athletic supporters
  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks
  • Bandanas
  • Baseball cleats
  • Bathing suits, caps, and cover-ups
  • Belt buckles
  • Belts
  • Bibs
  • Blouses
  • Book bags
  • Boots (except ski boots)
  • Bowling shoes (purchased)
  • Bow ties
  • Braces and supports worn to correct or alleviate a physical incapacity or injury
  • Bras
  • Caps and hats
  • Choir and altar clothing
  • Cleated and spiked shoes
  • Clerical vestments
  • Coats and wraps
  • Coin purses
  • Costumes
  • Coveralls
  • Diaper bags
  • Diapers, diaper inserts (adult and baby, cloth or disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Employee uniforms
  • Fanny packs
  • Fishing vests (non-flotation)
  • Formal clothing (purchased)
  • Gloves (dress - purchased, garden, leather, work)
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hair nets, bows, clips, and bands
  • Handbags and purses
  • Hats
  • Hosiery, including support hosiery
  • Hunting vests
  • Insoles
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Key chains
  • Knee pads
  • Lab coats
  • Leg warmers
  • Leotards and tights
  • Lingerie
  • Martial arts attire
  • Neckwear and ties
  • Overshoes and rubber shoes
  • Pants
  • Pantyhose
  • Purses
  • Raincoats, rain hats, and ponchos
  • Receiving blankets
  • Religious clothing
  • Robes
  • Safety clothing
  • Safety shoes
  • Scarves
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shawls and wraps
  • Shirts
  • Shoe inserts
  • Shoes (including athletic)
  • Shoulder pads (for dresses, jackets, etc.)
  • Shorts
  • Ski suits (snow)
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas
  • Slippers
  • Slips
  • Socks
  • Sports uniforms (except pads, helmets)
  • Suits, slacks, and jackets
  • Suspenders
  • Sweatbands
  • Sweaters
  • Swim suits and trunks
  • Ties (neckties - all)
  • Tights
  • Tuxedos (excluding rentals)
  • Underclothes
  • Uniforms (work, school, and athletic, excluding pads)
  • Vests
  • Vintage clothing
  • Wallets
  • Work clothes and uniforms

The following is a list of school supplies in alphabetical order that are tax exempt if they are sold for $15 or less during the tax-exemption period:

  • Binders
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane (transparent) tape
  • Colored pencils
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Computer disks (blank CDs only)
  • Construction paper
  • 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
  • Poster paper
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors

The following is a list of articles of clothing in alphabetical order that are not sales tax exempt during the tax-exemption period:

  • Accessories (handkerchiefs, jewelry, key cases, watch bands, watches)
  • Athletic gloves
  • Athletic pads
  • Belts for weightlifting
  • Bowling shoes (rented)
  • Briefcases
  • Checkbook covers (separate from wallets)
  • Chest protectors
  • Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics
  • Clothing repair items such as thread, buttons, tapes, iron-on patches, zippers
  • Corsages and boutonnieres
  • Cosmetic bags
  • Crib blankets
  • Diving suits (wet and dry)
  • Duffel bags
  • Elbow pads
  • Fins
  • Fishing boots (waders)
  • Football pads
  • Formal clothing (rented)
  • Garment bags
  • Gloves (baseball, batting, bicycle, golf, hockey, rubber,
    • surgical, tennis)
    • Goggles (except prescription)
    • Handkerchiefs
    • Hard hats
    • Helmets (bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports)
    • Ice skates
    • In-line skates
    • Jewelry
    • Life jackets and vests
    • Luggage
    • Makeup bags
    • Pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder)
    • Paint or dust masks
    • Patterns
    • Protective masks (athletic)
    • Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes)
    • Repair of wearing apparel
    • Roller blades
    • Roller skates
    • Safety glasses (except prescription)
    • Shaving kits/bags
    • Shin guards and padding
    • Shoulder pads (football, hockey, sports)
    • Skates (ice, in-line, roller)
    • Ski boots (snow)
    • Ski vests (water)
    • Skin diving suits
    • Sports helmets
    • Sports pads (football, hockey, soccer, knee, elbow, shoulder)
    • Suitcases
    • Sunglasses (except prescription)
    • Swimming masks
    • Umbrellas
    • Watchbands
    • Water ski vests
    • Weight lifting belts
    • Wet and dry diving suits
    • Wigs, toupees, and chignons

    The following is a list of school supplies in alphabetical order that are not sales tax exempt during the tax-exemption period:

    • Computer paper
    • Correction tape, fluid, or pens
    • Jump drives and flash drives
    • Masking tape
    • Printer paper
    • Staplers
    • Staples
    • Toner and ink cartridges

    Download this pdf for more: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/pdf/tip2a01-02List.pdf

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