FLORIDA - Consumers can purchase qualifying recreation and outdoor items and admissions to entertainment and cultural events exempt from tax during the 2021 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Thursday, July 1 and extends through Wednesday, July 7.
Floridians can save on eligible Freedom Week purchases including Florida-related recreational supplies including boating and water activity, camping, fishing, general outdoor supplies and sports equipment.
The criteria for tax-free savings on boating and water activities include:
- The first $75 on the price of life jackets and coolers;
- The first $50 on the price of safety flares;
- The first $150 on the price of water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, and recreational inflatable water tubes;
- The first $300 on the price of paddleboards and surfboards;
- The first $500 on the price of canoes and kayaks;
- The first $75 on the price of paddles and oars; and
- The first $25 on the price of snorkels, goggles, and swimming masks.
Floridians may also enjoy tax-free purchases on the following camping supplies:
- The first $200 on the price of purchase of tents;
- The first $50 on the price of sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves, and collapsible camping chairs; and
- The first $30 on the price of camping lanterns and flashlights.
Florida shoppers more interested in fishing can find savings on:
- The first $75 on the price of individual rods and reels; or
- The first $150 on the price of a set of rods and reels;
- The first $30 on the price of tackle boxes or bags; and
- The first $5 on the price of individual bait or fishing tackle; or
- The first $10 on the price of multiple bait and tackle items sold together.
Other recreational savings include tax-free purchases such as:
- Up to the first $15 on the price of sunscreen or insect repellant;
- The first $100 on a pair of sunglasses;
- The first $200 on a pair of binoculars;
- The first $30 on the price of water bottles;
- The first $50 on the price of hydration packs;
- The first $250 of the sales price of outdoor gas or charcoal grills;
- The first $50 of the sales price of bicycle helmets; and
- The first $250 of the sales price of bicycles.
Floridians can also save on equipment used for individual or team sports purposes. This does not include clothing or footwear selling for $40 or less.
Eligible tax-free entertainment events and outings include:
- Live music events;
- Live sporting events;
- Movies at the movie theater;
- Entry to a museum, including any annual passes;
- Entry to a state park, including any annual passes;
- Entry to a ballet, play, or musical theatre performance;
- Season tickets for ballets, plays, music events, or musical theatre performances;
- Entry to a fair, festival, or cultural event; or
- Access or use of private and/or membership clubs providing physical fitness facilities.
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