For the first time, a sales tax exemption period or “holiday” has been established on the sale of children’s books. The exemption runs for an extended period of time in comparison to the back-to-school holiday already in place. The exemption began on May 14 and will end on August 14, 2022. In general, any book with an age range of 12 years old or younger will qualify and includes audiobooks and books on CD. Remote sales are included in the exemption as long as the sale was accepted during the timeframe allotted.
In addition, the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will begin May 28 and run through June 10, 2022. Eligible items include batteries, coolers, radios, and types of waterproof sheeting. In addition to these items, pet evacuation supplies are also included in the holiday. Products include cat litter, pet food, beds, and carriers. Price thresholds are applicable.
Freedom Week is a sales tax holiday on outdoor activity sales and admissions to gear up for Independence Day celebrations. Eligible items include admissions to various events, snorkels, coolers, water skis, paddle boards, water bottles, and bike helmets. The holiday will extend from July 1 through July 7, 2022. This is the second year for the holiday.
The Energy Star holiday will run from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Products include washers and dryers, refrigerators, and water heaters. There are thresholds that apply but these products can be purchased sales tax free.
To broaden the age range for clothing and apparel, the state has also established an exemption period for younger children purchases. The purchases include baby and toddler clothing, diapers, and shoes of children five years old or younger. It does not include accessories. The period starts July 1, 2022 and goes through June 30, 2023.
Trade tools will also get a sales tax holiday in Florida as well. Items included in the holiday are work boots and gloves, toolboxes, books, and safety goggles. The holiday runs from September 2 through September 9, 2022.
Impact-resistant doors and windows will have a sales tax holiday from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024.
Finally, the back-to-school holiday will commence on July 25 and run through August 7, 2022. Thresholds and only certain products apply.