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Save on these items during Florida’s first “Freedom Week” tax holiday

It’s the latest sales tax holiday approved by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis
During Freedom Week, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on the first $250 in cost for a new bike.
During Freedom Week, shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes on the first $250 in cost for a new bike. [ [BILL VARIAN |Times] ]
Published Jun. 29

TALLAHASSEE --- Florida is about to find out how much a week of sales-tax “freedom” translates into capitalism.

Starting Thursday, in what lawmakers dubbed “Freedom Week,” people will receive sales-tax breaks when they make a wide range of purchases that could help spur them to be more active after being limited by the coronavirus pandemic.

Shoppers from Thursday through July 7 will be able to avoid paying all or part of sales taxes on purchases such as grills; bicycles; fishing and camping gear; kayaks and canoes; tickets for concerts, movies and ball games; gym memberships; boxes of softballs and sleeves of tennis balls; and even sunscreen.

Sales taxes will be lifted on the following:

TICKETS

--- Tickets purchased for live music events, sporting events, fairs, festivals, cultural events and movies shown in theaters. The tickets can be good for events scheduled through Dec. 31.

--- Entry and annual passes to museums, ballets, plays and musical theater performances.

--- Dues and fees for gyms and physical-fitness facilities.

WATER GEAR

--- The first $25 of the price of snorkels, goggles and swimming masks.

--- The first $50 of the price of safety flares.

--- The first $75 of the price of life jackets, coolers, paddles and oars.

--- The first $150 of the price of water skis, wakeboards, kneeboards, inflatable water tubes and floats capable of being towed.

--- The first $300 of the price of paddleboards and surfboards.

--- The first $500 of the price of canoes and kayaks.

CAMPING GEAR

--- The first $30 of the price of camping lanterns and flashlights.

--- The first $50 of the price of sleeping bags, portable hammocks, camping stoves and collapsible camping chairs.

--- The first $200 of the price of tents.

FISHING GEAR AND SUPPLIES

Avoid paying sales taxes on fishing gear, such as these rods and reels at the Walmart on N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood on Tuesday.
Avoid paying sales taxes on fishing gear, such as these rods and reels at the Walmart on N Dale Mabry Highway in Carrollwood on Tuesday. [ BILL VARIAN | Times ]

--- The first $5 of the price of bait or fishing tackle sold individually.

--- The first $30 of the price of tackle boxes or bags.

--- The first $75 of the price of single fishing rods or $150 when sold as a set.

OTHER ITEMS

--- Items for individual or team sports --- other than footwear and uniforms --- with prices of $40 or less.

--- The first $15 of the price of sunscreen or insect repellant.

--- The first $30 of the price of water bottles.

--- The first $100 of the price of sunglasses.

--- The first $200 of the price of hydration packs and binoculars.

--- The first $250 of the price of outdoor gas or charcoal grills and bicycles.

— By Jim Turner and Tom Urban