OCALA, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday signed legislation that would provide tax relief to families across the Sunshine State through tax exemptions and holidays, including $200 million in funding that will reduce gas taxes by 25.3 cents per gallon in October.
What You Need To Know
- Sales-tax holidays and exemptions receive Gov. Ron DeSantis' approval
- They include a 25.3 cent-per-gallon cut in the gas tax during October
- Diapers and other baby products, disaster-preparedness supplies part of bill
- In all, there are 10 sales-tax holidays or exemptions for varying periods
The tax-relief package, approved by the Florida Legislature during its session, also includes a new relief package that would make diapers, clothes and shoes for babies and toddlers tax-free for a year.
It also will make children’s books tax-free for three months, starting May 14.
DeSantis also announced that the 14-day back-to-school tax-free holiday will run July 25-Aug. 7.
“We’re proud that we don’t have an income tax, but if you had an income tax, you just cut the tax rates, so you gotta figure out ways in Florida, what can you do for tax relief?” DeSantis said. “Given, thankfully, that we have no income tax, how do you do it to make a difference?”
In all, DeSantis said the tax-relief package is worth $1.2 billion.
Florida Agriculture Secretary Nikki Fried, who is the only Democrat in the state’s Cabinet and also is running for governor this year, released a statement, saying the tax- relief package was made possible by the federally passed American Rescue Plan.
"Working Floridians would not be able to access these benefits without the hard work of President (Joe) Biden and (congressional) Democrats who wrote and passed this historic legislation into law,” Fried’s statement said.
“This tax package contains important provisions like a tax exemption for energy-efficient appliances that my office worked to include and an exemption for diapers that Florida Democrats fought for."
Some of the tax relief in the package, such as the back-to-school holiday, has been offered in the past by Florida.
In all, the following 10 tax holidays and exemptions are included:
- A one-month fuel tax reduction, Oct. 1-31, lowering the price of gas by 25.3 cents per gallon
- A 3-month sales tax holiday for children’s books, May 14- Aug. 14
- A one-year sales tax holiday for baby and toddler clothes and shoes, July 1-June 30, 2023
- A one-year sales tax holiday for children’s diapers, July 1-June 30, 2023
- A 14-day back-to-school sales-tax holiday, July 25-Aug. 7, for clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies
- A 14-day disaster preparedness sales-tax holiday, May 28- June 10, for supplies such as flashlights, radios, tarps, batteries, and fire extinguishers
- A seven-day “tool-time” sales-tax holiday, Sept. 3-9, for tools and other home improvement items
- A two-year sales-tax holiday, July 1, 2022- June 30, 2024, for impact-resistant windows, doors and garage doors
- A seven-day “Freedom Week,” July 1-7, providing a sales-tax exemption for specified admissions and items related to recreational activities
- A one-year Energy Star Appliances sales-tax holiday, July 1- June 30, 2023, for washing machines, clothes dryers, water heaters and refrigerators