Florida to get tax holidays for school, hurricane supplies

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bill at annual hurricane conference


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Floridians will save on back-to-school and hurricane supplies under sales tax holidays Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law.

DeSantis signed the bill Wednesday at the annual governor's hurricane conference.

The sales tax holiday for hurricane supplies will run from May 31 to June 6 on items such as batteries, generators, weather radios and fuel cans.

Qualifying items include: 

  • Reusable ice packs for $10 or less
  • Any portable self-powered light source (candles, flashlights, lanterns) for $20 or less
  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers for $25 or less
  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries) for $30 or less
  • Coolers and ice chests for $30 or less
  • Bungee cords for $50 or less
  • Ground anchor systems for $50 or less
  • Radios (two-way, weather band) for $50 or less
  • Ratchet straps for $50 or less
  • Tarps for $50 or less
  • Tie-down kits for $50 or less
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting for $50 or less

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The school supplies sales tax holiday will be from Aug. 2-6 for items including clothes, notebooks, backpacks and shoes. Both tax holidays have cost limits on certain items.

The new law also provides several tax breaks to help with Hurricane Michael recovery, such as building materials, replacement fencing and hurricane debris removal. It also includes a one-year property tax break for farmers who can no longer use their land.