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Floridians Urged To Take Part of The Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption

By Ed Dean

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis is telling homeowners to hurry up and take advantage of the Home Hardening Sales Tax Exemption before it ends on June 30 of 2024.

The CFO says the initiative has saved consumers an estimated $462.6 million in taxes statewide. The savings are passed on to homeowners when they strengthen their homes by installing impact-resistant items like windows, doors, and garage doors. Then, the state says you are eligible for mandatory premium savings from your homeowner’s insurance company.

The program establishes a two-year sales tax exemption on the retail sales of items like impact-resistant windows, doors, and garage doors.

The My Safe Florida Home program also funds other projects the state is offering to help taxpayers save money.

Over $200 million will be offered to Florida consumers this year. The program matches up to $10,000 of the costs Florida homeowners pay for home improvements designed to protect against tropical storms and hurricanes.

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Those eligible Florida homeowners will get free home inspections for hurricane readiness and offer recommendations for wind mitigation features such as roofing materials, better exterior and garage doors, storm shutters, attachments for walls and roofs like hurricane clips, and more.

Homeowners who get the wind mitigation inspection may also apply for matching grant funds to help pay for the recommended improvements. The state will match $2 for every dollar the homeowners spend, up to a cap of $10,000.

Analysis shows homeowners who took advantage of the program reported average savings of $1,014 per year.

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  1. Stephen Hartigan

    April 22, 2024 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Ed,Very interesting article.Does this apply to condos?We got all new hurricane doors and windows in our condo in Dania beach in 2023,would we be eligible for this program.Thank you, Stephen and Wanda Hartigan

  2. Norm Newton

    April 22, 2024 at 8:56 pm

    Great article Ed. One note. The insurance premium reduction is NOT mandatory. The program only request a email from the insurer as to whether or not they did a premium reduction. I know. I was a program participant and my insurer said no after I did impact windows. The state should publish the number of participants who actually got premium reduction.
    Norm

    Keep it going.

  3. Connie

    April 23, 2024 at 8:06 am

    Who do you contact to apply?

  4. Garrett Roberts

    April 24, 2024 at 6:26 pm

    Where do I apply for this?
    Would like to take advantage of this program while it’s still available. HELP

  5. Florida Daily

    April 25, 2024 at 10:22 pm

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