Floridians Impacted By Hurricane Ian Could Receive Tax Exemptions as Steube Bill Gains Traction

Floridians Impacted By Hurricane Ian Could Receive Tax Exemptions as Steube Bill Gains Traction

Mateo Guillamont
Mateo Guillamont
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October 3, 2023

Washington, D.C.- Florida Representative Greg Steube’s (R) Federal Disaster Tax Relief Act could potentially expand exemptions on income tax obligations for Americans impacted by natural disasters. 

As currently written, Rep. Steube’s bill would grant income tax exemptions on federal funds received by individuals recovering from Wildfires and the East Palestine Trail derailment. 

The Floridian’s editor Javier Manjarres recently reported that Wildfires could become a growing threat due to Sierra Club legal actions potentially preventing Florida farmers from executing needed land maintenance. 

In early August, wildfires ravaged the island of Maui, killing about 100 residents in a hellish blaze that was largely caused by land mismanagement, as reported by experts. A similar situation could result in Florida if fire-prone grasslands and dried vegetation are not removed.

However, Steube has been lobbying for the bill to also include tax exemptions for Floridian recipients of federal funds in support of post-hurricane Ian recovery efforts. Steube announced the bill’s progress as it heads to the Ways and Means Committee, which will hold a mark-up session to potentially modify the bill. 

“I’m glad to announce my legislation is moving forward THIS WEEK to provide much-needed tax relief for Floridians impacted financially by Hurricane Ian,” said Steube. 

The House Ways and Means committee will meet this Wednesday, October 4th. 

Aside for pushing for tax exemptions, Steube has also been ferociously opposing spending tax dollars on foreign aid, claiming there’s few assurances such aid will not be misallocated. 

Going as far as challenging fellow Republicans, Steube remarked on the House Floor that some Republicans “would rather prioritize monies to Iraq, to Lebanon to Palestine, to Ukraine, over the needs that we have in this country.”

 

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Mateo Guillamont

Mateo Guillamont

Mateo is a Miami-based political reporter covering national and local politics

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