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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Sales Tax Holidays Start Now!

7/1/2022

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 1, 2022
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis: Florida Sales Tax Holidays Start Now!
~ CFO Highlights Two Sales Tax Holidays Starting July 1st including Home Hardening & Freedom Week ~
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced the kick-off of Florida’s Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption (July 1, 2022 – June 31, 2024); a two-year sales tax exemption on the retail sales of items like impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors. CFO Patronis championed this initiative during the 2022 Legislative Session, which allows Florida homeowners to harden their homes against storms while making them eligible for savings on their insurance premiums. Additionally, the CFO is also proud to highlight the start of Freedom Week (July 1-7th), a tax-free holiday on the purchase of most outdoor and recreational items.
 
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “The biggest investment most Floridians will ever make is their home and starting today property owners across the state will be able to strengthen their homes against storms while saving tax dollars and cutting their insurance premiums. Over the next two years, Florida residents will be able to take advantage of this historic $462 million tax savings plan that allows homeowners to strengthen their homes by installing impact-resistant items like windows, doors, and garage doors tax-free. Once your tax-free items are installed, you can then apply for additional premium savings discounts from your homeowner insurance company! Floridians know all to well the damage that hurricanes can cause and that’s why it’s essential to use this new program to protect your biggest investment. Hardening your home will not only provide better protection for your loved ones, but could save you thousands in the process. For more information on the Florida Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption Initiative, please visit PrepareFL.com.”
 
“Today, I’m also encouraging Floridians to take advantage of the Freedom Week Tax Holiday. As you head into the 4th of July weekend, you can purchase all of your outdoor and recreational items such as water-sports equipment, coolers, camping gear and so much more tax-free. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida is passing real tax savings back onto you so that you and your families can celebrate Independence Day and summer in the Sunshine State.”
 
How to Take Full Advantage of the Florida Home Hardening Initiative:
 
1. Purchase and install eligible mitigation improvements tax-free during the Home Hardening Initiative time period – July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

2. Once home hardening items are installed on your home, contact a qualified inspector to properly document your home’s new wind mitigation features. You can find a licensed contractor in your area by visiting the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) online at http://www.MyFloridaLicense.com.

3. Submit your completed wind mitigation inspection form to your homeowner’s insurance company to apply for premium savings discounts!

For more information, visit PrepareFL.com.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).