Florida tax relief bill focuses on saving money for families with young children

Tax relief bill will save Floridians an estimated $1.1 billion

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a wide-ranging tax relief package that will save Floridians an estimated $1.1 billion.

OCALA, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a wide-ranging tax relief package in Ocala on Thursday which will save Floridians an estimated $1.1 billion.

One of the biggest announcements was geared toward families – saving money with home items and children’s needs.

“This is actually the largest tax relief in the history of the state of Florida -- $1.2 billion tax relief package,” DeSantis said.

Within the package there will be one-year exemptions, beginning July 1, on diapers and clothing for infants and toddlers – which was a big announcement DeSantis made beside his wife, Casey and children. The tax break includes single-use, reusable diapers and reusable diaper inserts and would last for one year.

One Jacksonville parent with three children, two in diapers, said she is thrilled about the announcement because she will be able to save some money.

“That’s a really big deal for us,” Amber Kearney said. “I probably spend about $80 to $100 a month on diapers.”

With the tax exemptions, she’s set to save about $65 on diapers over the next year.

The tax package (HB 7071) also includes sales-tax breaks on gas, disaster supplies, tools for skilled trades, and recreational activities.

Floridians will save on items ranging from diapers and gasoline to auto racing tickets and energy efficient appliances under a $1 billion tax cut package signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday.

Check below for a full breakdown of sales tax holidays and exemption periods.

Motor Fuel: October 1-31, 2022 | Gas tax holiday will begin in Oct, 1 and will result in an estimated $200 million in driver savings

Diapers and clothing: Diapers, clothes, and more for babies and toddlers will be tax-free for one year beginning July 1

Children’s Books: May 14 – August 14, 2022 | Three-month exemption this summer on children’s books

Tool Time: September 3-9, 2022 | A week-long “Tool Time” sales tax holiday on supplies for skilled trades — worth an estimated $12.4 million

Energy Star appliances: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 | A one-year exemption on ENERGY STAR appliances

Home Hardening: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024 | A reduction in the mobile home tax rate from 6% to 3%

Disaster Preparedness: May 28 – June 10, 2022 | Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Freedom Week: July 1-7, 2022 | Tax exemption for items such as boating, camping, fishing outdoor, sports equipment and more. Click here for a full list of items

Back to School: July 25 – August 7, 2022 | School supplies, clothing, shoes, computers, learning aids and more will be tax free. Click here for a full list of items.

Click here for a printable calendar of all sales tax holidays and exemptions.

About the Authors:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.

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