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Florida to get tax holiday on school, hurricane supplies

Bill signed at hurricane conference in West Palm
Posted at 7:54 AM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 18:57:16-04

WEST PALM BEACH, 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 in West Palm Beach.

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.

The school supplies sales tax holiday will be from Aug. 2 to Aug. 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.

Now in its 33rd year, the Governor’s Hurricane Conference "was established in order to provide a vehicle to present lessons learned and other important information about hurricanes to public and private officials, especially local emergency management professionals and those involved in preparedness, planning, response and recovery at all levels of government, industry and private interests."