Governor DeSantis Enacts $1.07 Billion Tax Relief for Floridians

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law a sweeping $1.07 billion tax relief bill aimed at providing substantial financial reprieve for both families and businesses in Florida. This legislation introduces several tax holidays for 2024 and extends tax cuts across various sectors, aiming to counterbalance the inflationary measures of the federal government.

Key Features of the Florida Tax Relief Bill

The centerpiece of the tax relief package is a one-year property tax exemption on home and flood insurance premiums. This exemption, applicable to residential policies starting between October 1, 2024, and September 30, 2025, is expected to save Floridians over $500 million.

2024 Sales Tax Holidays

Governor DeSantis has outlined multiple sales tax holidays for the upcoming year:

  • Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday: From July 29 to August 11, 2024, this holiday will exempt essential items such as clothing, computers, backpacks, and school supplies from sales tax. Notably, computers and related software priced up to $1,500 are eligible.
  • Freedom Month: Throughout July 2024, purchases of certain recreational tickets and admissions will be tax-exempt, valid for use through the end of the year.
  • Skilled Worker Sales Tax Holiday: Running from September 1 to September 7, 2024, this period will exempt specific tools, equipment, and safety clothing from sales tax.
  • Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays: There will be two periods: June 1 to June 14 and August 24 to September 6, 2024. These holidays will exempt items like generators, batteries, and various household essentials, along with pet evacuation supplies such as pet food and cat litter pans.

Additional Tax Cuts and Incentives

The tax relief bill also provides benefits for businesses, which in turn may enhance support for employees:

  • Childcare Tax Credit: Businesses operating or supporting childcare programs for their employees will now benefit from a tax credit, potentially increasing the availability of employer-supported childcare.
  • Incentives for Hiring Persons with Disabilities: The introduction of a new corporate income tax credit aims to encourage the employment of individuals with disabilities.
  • Strong Families Tax Credit Increase: An increase in the cap for this tax credit is designed to incentivize corporate charitable contributions to child welfare organizations.


Governor DeSantis’s tax relief bill represents a significant effort to alleviate the tax burden on Florida’s families and businesses. By coupling direct tax cuts with strategic sales tax holidays, the bill not only addresses immediate financial relief but also encourages preparedness and support for community welfare.

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