Gov. Rick Scott Signs Sales Tax Package Into Law; Includes 3 Sales Tax Holidays

May 12, 2014

Governor Rick Scott (middle) speaking to reporters in Orlando, following the approval of a bill he signed into law that creates three sales tax holidays.
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During a visit to the 28th annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Governor Rick Scott signed a measure into law that creates three sales tax holidays this year.

“The bill I signed today is $121 million right back into Florida citizens' hands, including the sales tax holiday for going back to school and the sales tax holiday to get ready for a hurricane. We know we have to be prepared for hurricanes. Hopefully, we won’t have it this year, but if you do, you know from May 31st to June 8th, you won’t have to pay sales tax,” said Scott.

Rep. Ritch Workman (R-Melbourne) says sales tax on certain purchases will also be eliminated. As the House Finance and Tax Subcommittee Chairman, he says Scott tasked him with leading this tax break effort.

“He [Scott] said give meal plans to our college students, make those tax-free to make college more affordable. We mandate that kids wear bicycle helmets, we mandate that you put your babies in car seats, he said make those tax free forever,” said Workman. “And, for you, I will tell you, that if you have a sick dog or cat at home, therapeutic foods and medicines that are tax free for us as humans, will become tax free for your pets as well. Your welcome.”

In addition to the hurricane preparedness supplies and back-to-school sales tax holidays, the new law also includes a three-day sales tax holiday on energy-efficient appliances in September.

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