Jul 26, 2023

Florida's second tax

Florida’s annual tax-free hurricane supply “holiday” is one of the only redeeming qualities of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, and this year it’s happening twice.

Florida’s second tax-free hurricane supply “holiday” starts Saturday, Aug. 26, and runs until Sept. 8. It’s part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ historic tax relief plan he signed in May, dubbed the Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday.

The plan provided Floridians with $2.7 billion in tax relief covering a wide swath of sales tax items like baby and toddler necessities, disaster preparedness and even recreational items and children's toys.

Part of the package includes permanent sales tax exemptions, which DeSantis says will save Florida families nearly $234 million.

Florida’s sales tax exemptions have spending limits. Items with sales prices that exceed those limits will still be taxed.

Here’s what to know about the 14-day sales tax holiday.

What to buy:Florida's disaster preparedness sales tax holiday started Saturday. What you should buy

Florida’s second disaster preparedness sales tax holiday covers the same items as the original:

The tax holidays also include a number of items related to the safe evacuation of household pets. Exempted items include:

The tools and equipment sales tax holiday will take place between Sept. 2-8. Here’s what’s included:

'Freedom Summer' tax holiday:Concerts, movies events part of Florida's historic package of sales tax breaks. What to know

The “Freedom Summer” sales tax holiday runs from May 29 to Sept. 4 and provides exemptions for admissions to music, sporting and cultural events, start park annual passes and fitness facilities. It also targets certain boating, water, camping, fishing, residential pool and general outdoor supplies, plus children’s athletic equipment and toys.

Florida’s historic sales tax relief package includes permanent exemptions for baby and toddler needs such as:

The package also provides permanent exemptions for other items:

Making a hurricane preparedness checklist ahead of hurricane season can save you a lot of headache down the road. Waiting to the last minute to stock up on supplies can put you in a bind as stores struggle to meet demand when a hurricane is approaching.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a list of basic disaster supplies that can get people through most tight situations:

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