Florida Tax Holiday

In the past few years, there have been some new Florida tax holidays that are a year long. One is actually two years long. I’m not joking.

And the state has introduced more overall. For example, like many other states with these tax holidays, Florida had just a few — usually three. However, now there are seven Florida sales tax holidays. Also, there is a new tax-free holiday in January 2024.

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Florida Tax Free Holidays

With so many more tax free holidays in Florida than in years past, it made sense to write an article devoted entirely to these seven tax holidays. I’m still shocked by the ones that last a whole year.

Below I’ve outlined each of those tax holidays. Since I’m writing the first version of this article in the middle of the year, it’s entirely possible that a shorter-duration tax-free holiday may have come and gone. Therefore, whenever possible, I’ll supply the dates (if announced yet) for the next year.

Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

The Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is now a two-week long law in the state. And there are two of them in the year.

The first tax holiday coincides, roughly, with the start of hurricane season on June 1.

The first Florida Disaster Preparedness sales tax holiday started Saturday, May 27 and extended through Friday, June 9. The second exemption period aka sales tax holiday starts Saturday, August 26 and extends through Friday, September 8. These were the calendar dates for 2023. I’m still checking on what the dates will be for 2024.

There is a long list of items that are exempt from taxes during this time, according to the Florida Department of Revenue website. These include items for your home as well as items to help evacuate your pets.

Exempt disaster preparedness home products

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Here are the products you might use in a home to prepare for or prevent a disaster, such as a fire. These are exempt from tax during this shopping holiday in Florida. Note: Most if not all have spending or pricing limits.

  • Portable generator used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage, with a sales price of $3,000 or less
  • Tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting with a sales price of $100 or less
  • An item normally sold as, or generally advertised as, a ground anchor system or tie-down kit with a sales price of $100 or less
  • Smoke detector or smoke alarm with a sales price of $70 or less
  • Fire extinguisher with a sales price of $70 or less
  • Carbon monoxide detector with a sales price of $70 or less
  • Non-electric food storage cooler with a sales price of $60 or less
  • Portable power bank with a sales price of $60 or less
  • Gas or diesel fuel tank with a sales price of $50 or less
  • Portable self-powered radio*, two-way radio or weather-band radio with a sales price of $50 or less
  • Package of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6- volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, with a sales price of $50 or less
  • Portable self-powered light source* (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas) with a sales price of $40 or less
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Candles
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*Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are included in the purchase.

Exempt common household items

Common household consumable items with a sales price of $30 or less are also exempt from tax during the disaster preparedness tax holiday.

By common household consumable items, the state of Florida means:

  • Laundry detergent and supplies
  • Powder, liquid, or pod detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Stain removers
  • Bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper napkins and tissues
  • Facial tissues
  • Hand soap, bar soap, and body wash
  • Sunscreen and sunblock (here are reef-safe sunscreens to consider)
  • Dish soap and detergents, including powder, liquid, and pod detergents or rinse agents that can be used in dishwashers
  • Cleaning or disinfecting wipes and sprays
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trash bags
  • Reusable ice (ice packs) with a sales price of $20 or less

Pet supplies that are exempt

This Florida sales tax holiday also includes certain supplies that you would need in order to safely evacuate your household pets. I think that’s a nice touch.

Note: necessary supplies means you’ve purchased them via retail, not as a business or wholesale. Here is the list of included items:

  • Bags of dry cat or dog food weighing 50 or fewer pounds and with a sales price of $100 or less per bag
  • Portable kennels or pet carriers with a sales price of $100 or less per item
  • Over-the-counter pet medications with a sales price of $100 or less
  • Pet beds with a sales price of $40 or less per item
  • Cat litter weighing 25 or fewer pounds and with a sales price of $25 or less per item
  • Leashes, collars, and muzzles with a sales price of $20 or less per item
  • Pet pads with a sales price of $20 or less per box or package
  • Manual can openers with a sales price of $15 or less per item
  • Collapsible or travel-sized food or water bowls with a sales price of $15 or less per item
  • Cat litter pans with a sales price of $15 or less per item
  • Pet waste disposal bags with a sales price of $15 or less per package
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate with a sales price of $15 or less per package
  • Cans or pouches of wet pet food with a sales price of $10 or less per can or pouch or the equivalent if sold in a box or case

Florida Energy Star Holiday

As promised, a year-long tax holiday. It’s the Florida Energy Star Holiday. It began on July 1, 2023 and goes through June 30, 2024.

What’s included? The following Energy Star-certified appliances at these price points.

$4,500 or less

Only one kind of Energy Star kitchen appliance qualifies to be purchased tax free. And that would be a refrigerator or a combination refrigerator/freezer costing $4,500 or less.

Side note: Who just buys a refrigerator? I guess it could include a wine refrigerator or a small dorm refrigerator, right? I can’t imagine them costing more than $4,500.

$1,500 or less

There are three Energy Star household items that would qualify to be tax free during this holiday. They are:

  • Washing machines with a sales price of $1,500 or less
  • Clothes dryers with a sales price of $1,500 or less
  • Water heaters with a sales price of $1,500 or less

2023-2024 Gas Ranges and Cooktops Sales Tax Holiday

You would think that a sales tax holiday for gas ranges and cooktops would fall under the Florida Energy Star tax holiday. Well, you would be wrong.

Now there is a separate Florida tax holiday for these two kinds of kitchen appliances. However, it shares the same dates as that aforementioned Energy Start holiday: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024.

This holiday applies to any gas range or cooktop fueled by combustible gas. I’m guessing that means either natural gas through a provider or propane via delivery.

However, this does not include outdoor gas grills, camping stoves or other portable stoves.

So, if you’re looking for a Florida gas tax holiday — thinking it was about filling up your car — this was the only one I could find related to gas of any kind.

Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holiday 2024

Weirdly, for 2024, the Florida sales tax holiday tied into back-to-school shopping is not during the summer at all. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, it began on January 1, 2024 and ends on January 14, 2024.

If that date changes, I’ll be sure to update this article. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out.

Meanwhile, the state hasn’t announced the summer back to school tax holiday days for 2024 yet. Again, once I get updated info on that, I’ll update this article.

Florida Tool Time Tax Holiday

This tax holiday was offered September 2 through September 8, 2023. It does not appear to have been renewed for 2024.

Home Hardening Tax Holiday

This is the two-year long tax holiday that I mentioned in the introduction. Florida started it in 2022 and it goes through 2024.

Specifically, here are the dates of this Home Hardening Tax Holiday:

  • July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024

What is home hardening?

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Originally, this tax holiday was called the Florida Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors Sales Tax Exemption. Well, that makes a lot more sense than home hardening (which I had to Google).

Basically, it means to use certain building materials to mitigate (aka lessen the chance) of disaster. Thus, the notion of impact-resistant windows and doors, which also includes garage doors.

Unlike other tax holidays, Florida does not put a price cap on these purchases. So, if you live in Florida and want to install new windows, doors or garage doors — and not pay tax on the purchase — make sure you do so by June 30, 2024.

Does a tax free weekend apply to online shopping?

This is great news for a sophisticated consumer who likes to shop online. Yes, a tax free weekend does apply to online purchases and online shopping.

Most of the sources for legit sales tax holiday information confirm that it is up to the online site to honor a tax free weekend. So this includes Amazon, too.

Tax Free Weekend on Amazon

If your state offers a sales tax holiday, you may be wondering if there is also a tax free weekend on Amazon. Or at any online store, for that matter.

Perhaps your question actually is does tax free weekend apply to online purchases? Well, I went straight to the source–Amazon–and found out how it handles a tax free weekend on Amazon.

“Many taxing jurisdictions require select taxable products to be temporarily exempt from tax on specific dates. For example, a sales tax holiday may be enacted on “back to school” products before the new school year.

You can find more information about sales tax holidays, including qualifying items, by visiting your state or US territory’s department of revenue (or equivalent) website.

Sales tax holidays may be applied to sales sold by Amazon.com and its affiliates, including marketplace sellers. However, tax may still be calculated on items if they do not qualify.”

Shopping at Costco during a sales tax holiday

You may be wondering what happens if you shop at Costco during a sales tax holiday. Well, of course, if you’re shopping in person, then your purchase — if it qualifies for the state sales tax holiday — should be tax free.

However, what if you’re shopping online at Costco or using the Costco app during that same state sales tax holiday? Well, here’s what you need to know.

One, you have to be a Costco member to receive a tax-exempt purchase online.

Two, you won’t get that tax-free discount when you make the purchase online. However, you can ask for it after the fact.

Here’s how Costco describes the process:

“If your order is being shipped to a state with a tax holiday, please email your request to [email protected] with the following subject line: “Sales Tax Holiday Request.”

In the body of the email, we ask that you please include:

  • Your membership number
  • Your first and last name
  • The Costco.com order number
  • The item submitted for consideration (please include the item number and product description)
  • The state in which the tax holiday occurred
  • Whether this purchase was for personal or business use

Once we get your email, we’ll be happy to issue a credit for tax on any qualifying purchases after the order has shipped. Note: only orders placed during the tax holiday qualify for a tax refund.”

Note that last question: with most state sales tax holidays, items purchased for personal use are the ones that qualify. Business purchases do not.

So, you know what to do.

For more information about Florida tax holidays, please visit the Florida Department of Revenue website.

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