Floridiots: Florida’s Sales Tax Holiday Shopping List

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on August 11, 2011

in Floridiots

Nearly every year for the last as far as I can remember, the state of Florida has offered sales tax-free shopping, or Sales Tax Holiday, weekends with the intention that parents of kids going back to school need a break on the cost of all the supplies and clothes needed. Florida sales tax varies from 6-7.5% depending on the county in which you live, so saving those pennies and dollars on your back-to-school purchases can add up if you’re buying a lot for your brood of darlings.

With the Sales Tax Holiday comes a government-issued list of approved taxable and tax-exempt items you may or may not need for little Johnny and Princess Suzy to use for school. Quoting from the state-issued list, “a list of clothing and accessory items and their taxable ( T) or exempt (E) status during the tax-free period if they are sold for $75 or less. (This list is not all inclusive.)” It’s pretty much anything you’d need for your crotch rockets to attend school and succeed is on the “tax exempt” list, but there are some items I have to call into question.

And for my favorite:

When I was pointing all of these out to Patrick yesterday, he took issue with me taking issue with these seemingly randomly-selected exempt items. He asked what solution I had for this random assortment of state-selected tax-free items.

My solution? Next year, the state of Florida need to consult with me on what should and should not be included in the Sales Tax Holiday item list. Look for the 2012 list to include beer, diamonds, margaritas, and televisions. If fanny packs and $75 tuxedos can be tax-exempt, why can’t the matching beer cans and big-screen TVs?

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1 Tara R. August 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The margaritas and beer should be tax exempt for the parents who have to drag the little ankle biters around back-to-school shopping.


2 Erin August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I haven’t seen the whole list, but umbrellas aren’t included? Kids should have an umbrella and of course they want the more expensive one, so save our wallets and knock the tax off this weekend! Football pads excluded? It’s the number one high school sport and already costs a fortune, save our wallets! Fishing vests ARE exempt? When does your average child/student need those in their education?

And I think there should be an all day happy hour for parents when the kids go back to school. Drop them off, get BOGO margaritas (or drink of choice) and a discount appetizer to keep you from falling on your face before picking the kids up from school.


3 AmazingGreis August 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Texas has a tax-free weekend as well. However, you will never in a million years find me out partaking in this holiday. MY sanity is way more important to me than the $5 – $10 I might save.


4 Dawn August 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Massachusetts is having one also but it applies to anything under $2500 as long as it’s not meals in a restaurant, a car or a person, plus some other stuff I lost interest in reading about.


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