Tax Breaks Teed Up for Hurricane Damage In Florida

Nearly 50,000 property owners forced from their homes for more than a month by Hurricane Ian or Hurricane Nicole could be eligible for tax relief under a bill that was being prepared Friday for a special legislative session next week.

A draft of the bill would allow property-tax refunds based on the number of days — starting at 30 — that structures were uninhabitable after the Category 4 Ian, which made landfall Sept. 28 in Southwest Florida, and the Category 1 Nicole, which made landfall Nov. 10 near Vero Beach.

Lawmakers will begin the special session Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis in October issued an executive order that delayed tax-payment deadlines in storm-impacted counties until lawmakers could make changes to state law.

House and Senate leaders Tuesday issued a proclamation that gave an outline of issues that will be considered during the session, including hurricane tax relief, property-insurance changes and credits for frequent users of toll roads. Bills had not been released as of early Friday afternoon.


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