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There’s a sales tax holiday this weekend for Energy Efficient Appliances and Water Sense Products September 19 – 21, 2014 starting at 12:01 a.m.
Floridians will pay no sales tax on purchases of up to $1,500 of ENERGY STAR appliances and WaterSense products. However, a person is limited to a single purchase of each specific type of Energy Star or WaterSense product that has a sales price of $500 or more. There are no quantity limits for qualifying items with a sales price less than $500.
Qualifying ENERGY STAR products:
Room air conditioners
Swimming pool pumps
Qualifying WaterSense products:
Bathroom sink faucets
High-efficiency toilets and urinals
Weather- and sensor-based irrigation controllers
Dryers are not listed because they do not meet Energy Star qualifications. Installations Charges may be tax exempt too. It get’s a little tricky but if you purchase a qualifying product that does not become part of the home and remains tangible personal property when installed, the item plus the labor are exempt if their total is less than $1,500.
Example: An Energy Star window air conditioner unit for $350 plus $100 install. The $450 total purchase qualifies.
Example: A WaterSense toilet is sold by a contractor for $465 with installation for $125. The $590 total does not qualify.
If you want to buy a Service Warranty on your new Dishwasher, it too may be exempt. If the retail sale of an item is exempt from tax, the charge for a service warranty sold with the item is also exempt when the total is less than $1,500.
Understanding Coupons and Rebates. The price of a qualifying item is not limited to the amount paid by a customer.
Example: The Energy Star refrigerator you want is $1,795. The retailer is offering 10% off. Your purchase of $1,615.50 qualifies for the first $1,500 to be exempt. You pay sales tax on the remaining $115.50
Example: You purchase an Energy Star freezer for $1,549. The manufacturer is offering an instant $50 rebate at the time of purchase. Although you pay $1,499, the price remains the same for the retailer. They will receive $1,499 from you and $50 from the manufacturer. The first $1,500 is exempt and you pay sales tax on the remaining $49.
If the retailer – not the manufacture;, were offering the rebate in the example above, the $1,499 purchase would have been tax exempt.
If you like to shop on the internet the good news is that if your order is accepted within the holiday period for immediate delivery, it qualifies for exemption – even if it ships after the tax holiday ends.
Shipping and handling charges are part of your purchase total and follow the same exemption rules. If you purchase multiple items on a single receipt, the shipping and handling charges must be fairly assigned to each item to determine if an item is exempt during the holiday.
Ceiling fans are generally associated with warm weather usage. However, when a ceiling fan is in the reverse motion (winter mode), the upward flow of air will push the warmer air trapped at the ceiling back down to earth making your feet feel as warm as your neck.
Check the blades of your fan. While most manufacturers orient the blades so revolving clockwise will send the air up, some are opposite and send air down causing “wind chill.”
If you have a home with a high ceiling, the fan speed can be increased so the warm air is able to reach the living space. The forward summer setting may work better for tall rooms with high fan positions. Just make sure in both scenarios a downdraft isn’t causing discomfort for the people below.
Without a ceiling fan pushing the warm trapped air, the ceiling of a room could be 15 degrees warmer than on the floor. Using ceiling fans in the winter could save you as much as 10% on your heating bills.