February 29, 2024

Press Release

Florida TaxWatch President/CEO Dominic M. Calabro's statement on Gov. DeSantis Signing Tax Relief Package, Upcoming Sales Tax Holidays

| 5/25/2023

Tallahassee, Fla. – The statement below, to be attributed to Florida TaxWatch President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro, pertains to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ signage of HB 7063: Taxation, the state’s tax relief package, and the two upcoming sales tax holidays that will now be implemented on Sat., May 27 (Disaster Preparedness) and Mon., May 29 (Freedom Summer). 

“For more than 40 years, Florida TaxWatch has served as a trusted government watchdog and vocal proponent of returning state funds to taxpayers whenever possible. We believe this robust tax relief package is exactly what hard-working Floridians and their families need and, perhaps most importantly, what they deserve. Gov. Ron DeSantis should be commended for introducing this record proposal – the largest tax relief in Florida history – and Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, House Speaker Paul Renner, and the entire Florida Legislature should also be praised for adding important provisions that align with some of Florida TaxWatch’s key tax reform priorities, such as reducing the business rent tax and placing a freeze on the local communications services tax

“And now, with Gov. DeSantis signing the tax relief package into law, Floridians will begin to notice savings as soon as this coming weekend. First, Florida TaxWatch encourages them to take advantage of the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday and prepare for the impending hurricane season by buying supplies to keep their families, including pets, safe from dangerous, destructive storms. We also hope they will make fun, lasting memories with their families during the now 14-week Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday, which applies to tickets for events like concerts and plays, as well as gear needed for camping and other outdoor activities.

“Florida is the envy of the nation, the best place to live, work, and play, and Florida TaxWatch maintains that this tax relief package and the many sales tax holidays and exemptions that it contains only underscore that.”

The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Sat., May 27 and ends on Fri., June 9. It will return prior to peak hurricane season, from Sat., Aug. 26 to Fri., Sept. 8. Among other items, and with pricing limits, it includes:

  • Pet kennels or carriers and collapsible or travel-sized food and water bowls
  • Laundry detergent, paper towels, trash bags, and other household items
  • Batteries, portable radios, gas or diesel fuel tanks, and nonelectric food storage containers
  • Smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Portable generators

The Freedom Summer Sales Tax Holiday begins on Memorial Day, Mon., May 29, and ends on Labor Day, Mon., Sept. 4. Among other items, and with pricing limits, it includes:

  • Tickets to sporting events, fairs, concerts, plays, and more scheduled during the remainder of the 2023 calendar year
  • Tents, sleeping bags, and camping chairs
  • Paddleboards and surfboards, canoes and kayaks, and bicycles
  • Outdoor gas and charcoal grills
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant

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About Florida TaxWatchAs an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for more than forty years and the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on taxpayers and businesses. FTW is supported by its membership via voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled FTW to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for, the citizens it serves since 1979. For more information, please visit www.floridataxwatch.org


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