We have some important updates to share.

Earlier this year, the state legislature drafted a new tax savings relief plan; the largest in Florida’s history. The bill passed both the House and Senate, and was signed into law by Governor DeSantis. The package includes various tax exemptions, and it is going into effect this weekend, July 1st, 2023.

The new plan is estimated to save Floridians $2.7 billion in tax savings this upcoming year. But while some of the exemptions are only for this year, others are permanent. And while some are only during specific times of the year, others are year-round. Here is what you need to know.

Permanent sales-tax exemption on baby products

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Most exciting for our community is a permanent sales-tax exemption on baby & toddler products. This is a permanent exemption that will be in effect year-round. The exemption includes the following items:

· Baby cribs, playpens and play yards

· Baby strollers

· Baby safety gates

· Baby monitors

· Child safety cabinet locks, latches and electrical socket covers

· Bicycle child carrier seats and trailers, including adaptors and accessories

· Baby exercisers, jumpers, bouncer seats and swings

· Breast pumps, bottle sterilizers, baby bottles, nipples, pacifiers and teething rings

· Baby wipes

· Changing tables and pads

· Children’s diapers — including single-use and reusable diapers and reusable diaper inserts

· Baby & toddler clothing and shoes primarily intended for children five years old and younger

Permanent sales-tax exemption on dental & oral hygiene products

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The bill includes a permanent sales-tax exemption on dental and oral-hygiene products:

· Electrical & manual toothbrushes

· Toothpaste

· Dental floss

· Dental picks

· Oral irrigators

· Mouthwash

Back to school sales-tax holiday

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The bill includes back-to-school holidays from July 24 to Aug. 6 and from Jan. 1 through Jan. 14. Shoppers will be able to avoid paying sales taxes on:

· Clothes & backpacks costing $100 or less

· School supplies costing $50 or less

· Personal computers costing $1500 or less

Disaster-preparedness supply sales-tax holiday

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The bill includes disaster-preparedness holidays from May 27 to June 9 and from Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. Shoppers will be able to avoid paying sales taxes on items such as:

· Packages of batteries

· Coolers

· Portable generators costing $3000 or less

Outdoor recreation sales-tax holiday

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The bill includes what lawmakers dubbed “Freedom Summer.” This will provide sales-tax exemptions from Memorial Day to Labor Day on:

· Live sporting & music events

· Supplies for boating & fishing

· Children’s athletic equipment & toys

Power tools sales-tax holiday

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The bill includes a tax holiday from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8 on items such as:

· Hand tools

· Power tools

· Safety glasses

· Toolboxes

· Ladders

For questions, feel free to reach out.

Rabbi Moshe Matz



Rabbi Avrohom Luban