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Sales Tax Holidays Near Passage

April 27th, 2021 by Mike Vasilinda

Florida will have three weeks of sales tax free merchandise that includes hurricane and back to school supplies this year

There is also a third week of tax free sales on recreational supplies and entertainment tickets beginning July first.

Florida’s sales tax free holidays are bigger and better this year.

Under legislation expected to be approved Wednesday, hurricane supplies go tax free the Friday before Memorial Day.

Generators under $750 dollars, coolers, batteries, weather radios and more are tax exempt.

The state’s outgoing Director of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz said the tax free days serve as a reminder.

“I think its very important that the government do everything we can to incentivize people being prepared and increasing their resiliency for hurricane season,” said Moskowitz.

In July there is a new tax free holiday called Freedom Week.

It includes camping fishing gear including tents, sleeping bags, camp stoves and more.

Even folding camping chairs costing less than $40 are on the list.

During the week you can also buy tickets to sporting events or movies tax free.

Tickets to music venues are also tax exempt during the July Freedom Week.

House sponsor Bobby Payne said the tickets will have to be used by the end of the year.

“We have an opportunity to turn some taxes back to consumers who have been shut in for a year, or six months, or whatever, and they want to get outside and enjoy the outdoors,” said Payne.

And finally, there is a tax free week of school supplies.

It includes clothing and shoes up to $60.

Backpacks are included and the big one, computers costing less than $1,000.

“It’s a shot in the arm that’s needed very much by the retail industry,” said Scott Shalley with the Florida Retail Federation.

Amid a host of other technical changes, the legislation also permanently removes the sales tax from independent living items including bed rails, grab bars and shower seats.

The legislation also allows tourism taxes to be used to mitigate flood risks.

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