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Florida Governor Wants Manufacturing Tax Exemption to Stay

  • Oct 15, 2015 | Gail Cole

 Florida governor would make permanent the state's sales tax exemption for manufacturing equipment.

In 2013, Governor Rick Scott (R) of pushed for and won a Florida state sales tax exemption for equipment purchased by manufacturing businesses. At the time, he called it “a huge victory for families across Florida… [and] the Sunshine State.” He said, “Manufacturers outside of our state will now have access to our 15 ports and incredible workforce.” The exemption costs the state approximately $137 million in sales tax revenue, annually.

The exemption took effect on April 30, 2014 and is set to expire on April 30, 2017 (see Department of Revenue Tax Information Publication # 13A01-06 for more details). But if Governor Scott gets his way again, it would become permanent.

Lawmakers have said they will cut taxes in 2016 but as yet have not committed to any specific breaks.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.