Florida producers eligible for reimbursment due to Hurricane Michael

A catastrophic Category 5 hurricane hit the Florida Panhandle. Hurricane Michael struck Oct. 10th and spanned from Panama City to Mexico Beach to western Georgia. The hurricane brought wind speeds up to 161mph and caused widespread damage. To date, Hurricane Michael(HM) was the 4th most powerful hurricane to hit the US. It is the most powerful hurricane to impact the Florida Panhandle in recorded history, according to the National Weather Service.

Ranchers who were in the path of HM can now access funds to rebuild provided by the Sales Tax Relief for Farmers Impacted by HM. The relief fund will provide allocations for farmers to use to purchase building and fencing materials, for fuel to transport agricultural products to a processing or storage facility or for any costs accrues while removing hurricane debris.

According to the University of Florida Extension, Florida law provides for a refund of sales and use tax and discretionary sales surtax paid on materials purchased during the period Oct. 10, 2018, through June 30, 2019. In order to access these funds, applications must be filled out no later than Dec. 31, 2019.

Any person who purchased and placed tax-paid fuel into a motor vehicle from Oct. 10, 2018 through June 30, 2019 and used the fuel on a Florida public highway to transport agricultural products to an agricultural processing or storage facility or to remove hurricane debris may apply for a refund. The refund is limited to the taxes paid on fuel used to transport agriculture products or hurricane debris from locations in Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Gadsden, Liberty, Franklin, Leon, or Wakulla counties.

For more information click here  https://floridarevenue.com/Pages/forms_index.aspx and then click on forms. You can also call about your refund at 850-617-8585.