Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

Hurricane, School Supplies Tax Holidays Signed into Law

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s annual sales tax holidays for hurricane and back-to-school supplies are officially a go.

Gov. DeSantis signed a taxation bill into law Wednesday that, among other things, sets the dates for the popular shopping holidays.

The Hurricane Supplies Sales Tax Holiday will start on May 31 and run through June 6. It exempts sales tax from the following items:

  • Flashlights, torches and other self-powered portable light sources selling for under $20
  • Portable radios, two-way radios, or weather-band radios selling for $50 or less
  • Tarps or other waterproof sheeting, and tie-down kits for $50 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks for $25 or less
  • Batteries selling for $30 or less
  • Food coolers (nonelectric) for $30 or less
  • Power generators selling for $750 or less

Hurricane Season starts June 1 and runs through November 30.

The Back-to-School sales tax holiday will start on August 2 and run through August 6. It exempts sales taxes from clothes, bags, shoes selling for $60 or less, school supplies for $15 or less, and personal computer and accessories sold for $1,000 or less. 

Neither sales tax holidays are valid at theme park or entertainment complexes.



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