New and Upcoming Tax-Free Holidays for 2023
New and Upcoming Tax-Free Holidays
In addition to the Florida tax-free holidays we have enjoyed over recent years, the legislature has added a few more. Here are a few highlights as well as a link to the full schedule with more information.
Establishes a Two Week 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
The legislation creates a 14-day “disaster preparedness” sales tax holiday from May 27, 2023 – June 9, 2023, for disaster preparedness supplies. Some examples of tax-free items include: flashlights and lanterns costing $40 or less; reusable ice costing $20 or less; radios costing $50 or less; tarps and ground anchors or tie down kits costing $100 or less; coolers and portable power banks costing $60 or less; batteries and fuel tanks costing $50 or less; smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors costing $70 or less; and generators costing $3,000 or less.
The holiday also includes a number of items related to the safe evacuation of household pets. Common household consumable items that may help with disaster cleanup are also included. For example, laundry detergent, toilet paper and paper towels, soap, sunscreen, and various household cleaning products, with a sales price of $30 or less.
Expands Freedom Week to Freedom Summer, a 3-month Sales Tax Holiday on Recreational Items
From May 29 – September 4, 2023, purchases of admissions to music, sporting, and cultural events; tickets to movies and museums; single admission or season tickets to theatre and dance performances; state park admission and annual passes; and use of fitness facilities will be tax free. Tickets, memberships and passes, purchased during this time for use from May 29 – December 31, 2022, are tax free.
The Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday also applies to sales of certain boating and water activity equipment and supplies, camping equipment and supplies, fishing equipment and supplies, general outdoor supplies (including sunglasses, sunscreen, and grills), residential pool chemicals, supplies and parts, and children’s toys and athletic equipment.
Establishes the 2023 Skilled Worker Tools Sales Tax Holiday
The legislation creates a seven-day sales tax holiday from September 2 – 8, 2023, for certain tools used by skilled trade workers. Tax-free items include certain hand and power tools, work boots, safety equipment, shop lights, toolboxes and belts, and plumbing and electrical equipment.