FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 8, 2020
CONTACT: Amanda Bevis (202) 680-9262
Florida Governor Signs HB 7097 to Renew Back-to-School & Hurricane Preparedness Tax-Free Holidays
Tallahassee, FL – Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 7097 into law today, which renews sales tax holidays for Florida consumers in preparation for back-to-school items and hurricane season supplies.
"These programs are needed now more than ever," said Scott Shalley, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. "Not only do these important tax-free holidays provide relief to consumers buying necessities, but they will inject a shot of adrenaline into Florida's retail businesses after suffering through the COVID-19 pandemic and forced closures. Thank you to the Florida Legislature and Governor DeSantis for delivering this tax relief."
The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will run the weekend of May 29 through June 4. Floridians will find these hurricane preparation supplies to be tax-free:
- Portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less;
- Certain portable radios selling for $50 or less;
- Tarps selling for $50 or less;
- Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $50 or less;
- A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less;
- Packages of certain battery types, selling for $30 or less;
- A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less;
- Portable generators for use in a power outage selling for $750 or less; and
- Reusable ice selling for $10 or less.
The Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled from August 7 through 9. Florida families will be eligible to purchase clothing and school supplies without paying sales tax. School-related items include:
- Clothing and shoes, priced $60 or less per item;
- Backpacks, handbags and wallets, priced $60 or less per item;
- School supplies, priced $15 or less per item; and
- Personal computers or personal computer-related accessories, up to $1,000 per item will be tax-free.
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.