Temporary Hurricane Sales Tax Rebates for Florida Farm Families

The Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) has released rules and forms governing the application process to receive refunds on the sales taxes paid on hurricane-damaged farm fences and non-residential farm buildings, as well as a refund on the local and state taxes paid on fuel used to transport agricultural products.

How to Apply:

Farm Fencing and Non-Residential Farm Building Materials
DOR Notice & Rules
Form for Submission Along with Proof of Purchase
Tax Information Publication

Fuel Used to Transport Agricultural Products
DOR Notice & Rules
Form for Submission Along with Proof of Purchase
Tax Information Publication

What can Farmers and Ranchers do?

1) Collect material receipts for repairs to farm fences or non-residential structures.
3) Sign up for and read AgWatch and the e-Newsletter to receive timely updates and instructions for assistance to receive this rebate.
4) Purchase all building materials by May 31 and fuel by June 30.
5) Apply for the rebate as soon as you are ready by submitting the building material form and fuel form to DOR by Dec. 31, 2018 (online or via mail).

What is the Sales Tax Rebate Program?

This temporary sales tax rebate for Florida farm families was passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2018 legislative session to assist the state’s farmers and ranchers in recovery efforts from the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in September of 2017.

The state is offering to refund the sales taxes paid on materials used to repair hurricane-damaged farm fences and non-residential farm buildings between Sept. 10, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

The state is also providing refunds on the state and local sales taxes paid on fuel used to transport agricultural products within the state of Florida between Sept. 10, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

This program is a way for the state of Florida to put dollars back in the pockets of growers and producers to aide in the recovery efforts of a storm that caused more than $2.5 billion worth of damage to the agricultural industry. We encourage all farmers and ranchers to take advantage of this program in 2018

 

Who is Eligible for the Sales Tax Rebate Program?

Materials Used to Repair Hurricane-Damaged Farm Fences and Non-Residential Farm Buildings:
Any farmer, rancher, producer or grower that resides in the state of Florida and sustained any amount of damage to a fence or non-residential farm building is eligible to receive a refund on the sales taxes paid on materials used to repair farm fences and/or non-residential farm buildings in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Fuel Used to Transport Agricultural Products:
Any farmer, rancher, producer or grower that resides in the state of Florida that has purchased or will purchase fuel to transport agricultural products within the state between Sept. 10, 2017 and June 30, 2018 is eligible to receive a refund on the state and local taxes paid on that fuel.

Dates to remember:

May 31: building materials need to be fully purchased
June 30: fuel needs to be purchased
December 31: forms are due to apply for the rebate.