The Florida Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday is an annual event that allows consumers to purchase certain items exempt from sales tax. The tax holiday started Monday, May 29, 2023, and ends on Monday, September 4, 2023.
The following items are eligible for the Florida Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday:
- Admissions to music events, sporting events, cultural events, state park annual passes, and fitness facilities
- Boating and water activity supplies
- Camping supplies
- Fishing supplies
- General outdoor supplies
- Residential pool supplies
- Children's athletic equipment
- Children's toys
The following items are not eligible for the Florida Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday:
- Rentals of any eligible items
- Sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport
- Supplies used for commercial fishing purposes
- Items that are already exempt from sales tax, such as food, prescription drugs, and gasoline
How Sales Tax is Calculated
If you purchase a package or set of items that contains both taxable and tax-exempt items, the sales tax will only be calculated on the taxable items. For example, if you purchase a fishing rod and reel set that costs $100, and the fishing rod is tax-exempt but the reel is taxable, you will only pay sales tax on the $50 cost of the reel.
Upcoming Sales Tax Holidays in Florida
In addition to the Florida Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday, there are a few other sales tax holidays that take place throughout the year. These include:
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday: This takes place in August and allows consumers to purchase certain school supplies exempt from sales tax.
Energy Efficient Home Improvement Sales Tax Holiday: This takes place in October and allows consumers to purchase certain energy efficient home improvement products exempt from sales tax.
Florida Sales Tax Holiday for Disaster Relief: This is held in the aftermath of a natural disaster and allows consumers to purchase certain disaster relief supplies exempt from sales tax.
For more information on sales tax holidays in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.