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Governor Signs Measure to Help Floridians Find Cost Savings with Tax-Free Holidays

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MAY 6, 2022
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HB 7071 Establishes Four Tax-Free Holidays for Floridians to Stock Up and Save

Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis today signed  HB 7071 continuing historic tax holidays and establishing a new holiday or consumers to save on essentials.

The law renews three historic sales tax holidays for Florida consumers to prepare for hurricane season, cut costs on outdoor and recreational activities in Florida, and save on back-to-school shopping. In addition, a new tax holiday, known as "Tool Time,” provides opportunities for skilled workers to save on essential equipment.

"Thank you to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for your continued support of tax relief for Florida residents, families and trade workers," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Florida's tax-free holidays cut costs for Floridians and allow them to invest in home protection, save on family fun, stock up for school and pursue trade opportunities."

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will run over 14 days, beginning on May 28 through June 10. Floridians will find these hurricane preparation supplies to be tax-free:

  • Portable self-powered light source selling for $40 or less;
  • Certain portable self-powered radios selling for $50 or less;
  • Tarps selling for $100 or less;
  • Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $100 or less;
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $50 or less;
  • Packages of certain battery types, selling for $50 or less;
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $60 or less;
  • Portable generators selling for $1,000 or less; 
  • Reusable ice selling for $20 or less;
  • Portable power banks selling for $60 or less;
  • Smoke detectors or smoke alarms selling at $70 or less;
  • Fire extinguishers selling at $70 or less;
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors selling at $70 or less;
  • Portable Kennels or pet carriers selling at $100 or less;
  • Dry pet food 15 lbs or less selling at $30 or less;
  • Cans or pouches of pet food selling at $2 or less;
  • Manual can openers selling at $15 or less;
  • Leashes, collars and muzzles selling at $20 or less;
  • Collapsible or travel-sized food/water bowls selling at $15 or less;
  • Cat litter 25 lbs or less selling at $25 or less;
  • Cat litter pans selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet waste disposable bags selling at $15 or less;
  • Pet pads selling at $20 or less;
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate selling at $15 or less; and
  • Pet beds selling at $40 or less. 

Florida's 2022 Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday will take place July 1 through July 7 to encourage residents to enjoy time outdoors. The measure helps support local retail businesses and entertainment and boosts Florida's economy. Tax-free items 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.

The holiday also includes tax-free purchases on 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 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 $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.
  • The first $75 on life jackets and coolers;

Floridians may also enjoy tax-free purchases of 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.

The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled from July 25 through August 7. Florida families will be eligible to purchase clothing and school supplies without paying sales tax. School-related items include: 

  • Clothing and shoes, priced $100 or less per item; 
  • Backpacks, handbags and wallets, priced $100 or less per item; 
  • School supplies, priced $50 or less per item;
  • Learning aids and jigsaw puzzles, selling for $30 or less; and
  • Personal computers or personal computer-related accessories, priced up to $1,500.

The latest addition is the "Tool Time" Sales Tax Holiday, scheduled from September 3 through September 9. Florida skilled trade workers will be eligible to purchase tools and items related to their careers without paying sales tax. Tax-free "Tool Time" items include: 

  • Hand tools selling for $50 or less;
  • Power tools selling for $300 or less;
  • Power tool batteries selling for $150 or less;
  • Work gloves selling for $25 or less;
  • Safety glasses selling for $50 or less; 
  • Protective coveralls selling for $50 or less; 
  • Work boots selling for $175 or less;
  • Tool belts selling for $100 or less;
  • Duffle/tote bags selling for $50 or less;
  • Toolboxes selling for $75 or less;
  • Toolboxes for vehicles selling for $300 or less;
  • Industry textbooks and codebooks selling for $125 or less;
  • Electrical voltage and testing equipment selling for $100 or less;
  • LED flashlights and shop lights selling for $50 or less;
  • Handheld pipe cutters, drain opening tools and plumbing inspection equipment selling for $100 or less; and
  • Shop lights selling for $100 or less.

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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