FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 20, 2022
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262

Tallahassee, FL — School is almost back in session, and Florida retail stores are ready to help families cut costs on school supplies. Floridians can save money when shopping for school supplies during Florida’s 2022 Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday that begins Monday, July 25, and runs through Sunday, August 7.

“Tax savings on back-to-school items will provide welcome relief to Florida families,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Stock up July 25 through August 7 at your local Florida retail store. Many stores are offering additional sales to help families find savings get what they need to succeed this school year. Remember to ‘Find It In Florida’ and support local retailers when shopping for back-to-school items.”

The following items are available for purchase tax-free from July 25 through August 7:

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories with a sales price of $100 or less per item;
  • Certain school supplies with a sales price of $50 or less per item;
  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles with a sales price of $30 or less; and
  • Personal computers and certain computer-related accessories with a sales price of $1,500 or less, when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Families can also find additional tax-free savings on the retail sale of children’s diapers and baby and toddler clothing, apparel, and footwear, now through June 30, 2023, and children’s books (children ages 12 or younger) through August 14, 2022.

A recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation revealed that 25% of consumers have already started shopping for school supplies. As inflation continues to impact families, 38% of consumers plan to cut back spending in other areas to cover back-to-school purchases.

Total back-to-school spending this year is matched with 2021’s forecast of $37 billion. Households with children who are K-12 students will spend $864 on average on supplies for the new school year, approximately $15 more than last year. College students and their families will spend around $1,199 on average this year. Electronics remain the top spending category for back-to-school and college shopping.

There are more than 270,000 retail stores in Florida, and one in five jobs is tied to Florida retail. When shoppers “Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the website.

Visit www.fldoe.org to learn more about what you need to prepare and help your children return to school safely. For a full list of eligible tax-free supplies, please visit FloridaRevenue.com/BacktoSchool.

This year’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law on May 6.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $52 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $35 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 27, 2022
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Tallahassee, FL — The Florida Retail Federation encourages Floridians to take advantage of the cost savings and shop local during the second annual Freedom Week Tax-Free Holiday. Shoppers can make tax-free purchases on a large variety of outdoor and recreational supplies beginning this Friday.

“Now is the time for Floridians to enjoy a discount on summer fun,” said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Thanks to the leadership of the Florida Legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis, shoppers can once again find tax-free savings on all eligible summer essentials during the 2022 Freedom Week Tax Holiday. Florida retailers are ready to help Floridians find what they need to make the most of their summer. Don’t forget to shop local and “Find It In Florida.” When you support Florida retail stores, you’re supporting Florida jobs and Florida families.”

The tax-free savings of the 2022 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday includes boating and activity supplies, camping and fishing gear, sporting equipment and entertainment, and more.

The tax holiday begins this Friday, July 1, and runs seven days through Thursday, July 7.

The criteria for tax-free savings on boating and water activities include:

  • The first $75 on the price of boating and water activity supplies;
  • The first $35 on the price of recreational pool tubes, floats, inflatable chairs and pool toys;
  • The first $50 on the price of safety flares;
  • The first $75 on life jackets and coolers;
  • The first $150 on the price of water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, and recreational inflatable water tubes or floats;
  • 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 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;
  • The first $250 of the sales price of bicycles;
  • The first $100 on residential pool and spa replacement parts;
  • The first $150 on residential pool and spa chemicals; and
  • The first $40 on sports equipment.

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.

Other items that you can purchase tax-free include the following events scheduled from July 1 through December 31, 2022:

  • Live music events;
  • Live sporting events;
  • Movies at the movie theater;
  • Entry to a museum, including annual passes;
  • Entry to a state park, including 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.

This year’s Freedom Week Tax-Free Holiday was established when Governor DeSantis signed HB 7071 into law on May 6.

The Florida Retail Federation encourages Floridians to shop local and" Find It In Florida" when browsing for their summer gear. Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, or just relaxing at the beach, when shoppers "Find It In Florida" and shop local retailers, they help boost the local economy and support community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program at the  website.

ABOUT  THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $52 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2022
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Governor Ron DeSantis Signed SB 1534 into Florida Statute to Increase Penalties for Organized Retail Theft and Stop Retail Crime Activity in Florida

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis signed on Friday Senate Bill 1534, Retail Theft, by Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Chuck Clemons into Florida law. 

The new statute defines and applies third-degree and second-degree felonies for individuals or those in consort with one or more persons who commit two or occurring in a limited period of time in various merchant locations. 

"This measure will protect Floridians and Florida retailers by curtailing criminal activity in stores and holding thieves accountable for their actions," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "We are grateful for the support of Governor DeSantis for signing SB 1534 into law and for the leadership of Attorney General Ashley Moody, Senator Jim Boyd and Representative Chuck Clemons to crack down on organized retail crime in Florida."

To read SB 1534, visit:  https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2022/1534.

ABOUT  THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2022
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Retail Sales This Year Expected to Match 2021 Forecast Despite Growing Inflation Concerns

Tallahassee, FL – This Father's Day, consumers are expected to spend an average of $171.79 to show dad some much-needed love, according to the latest survey released by the National Retail Federation (NRF).

"Shoppers are focused on finding new and creative ways to honor dad this Father's Day," says Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Remember, Florida retailers are here to provide the perfect gift for the father figures in your lives. When you shop local and 'Find it in Florida', you are helping support your community and local economy."

Three in four (76%) of American adults plan to celebrate the holiday, which falls on Sunday, June 19, this year. Nearly half of shoppers (44%) are prioritizing unique or different gifts this Father's Day, and 37% are looking to create a special memory with their gift.

One-quarter of shoppers plan to give dad a "gift of experience," while 37% are interested in gifting a subscription box this Father's Day.

Shoppers will spend, on average, $32.29 per person to take dad on a special outing to his favorite restaurant. Additional top spending gift categories for Father's Day include: 

  • Clothing - $26.62
  • Gift Cards - $23.02
  • Electronics - $19.32
  • Personal Care - $11.93
  • Home improvement/gardening - $11.60
  • Tools or appliances - $11.03
  • Sporting or leisure items - $9.86
  • Automotive accessories - $8.59
  • Greeting cards - $7.38
  • Books or CDs - $6.05
  • Other - $4.09

Forty percent of Father's Day gifts are expected to be purchased online while 34% of consumers plan to shop at department stores. Tied at 22%, the remaining shoppers will look towards specialty stores or discount stores to find that special item for dad.

This Father's Day, remember to "Find It In Florida" and support local retailers while shopping for dad. Your support for local retail helps boost the local economy and invests in community businesses. Learn more about the "Find It In Florida" program here

For more information on the forecast released by the National Retail Federation, visit: https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/consumers-spend-20-billion-fathers-day-gifts

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.  

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