Hurricane Preparation Tax Holiday Starts Friday!

As Floridians gear up for the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st through November 30th, they can take advantage of some state mandated savings on storm supplies. Beginning this Friday, May 29th, Florida shoppers can avoid paying sales taxes for one week when stocking up on hurricane preparation supplies. Hurricane related items are sales-tax free from May 29 through June 4, 2020. Included in the list of hurricane-related items that qualify include generators that cost up to $750. You can click HERE to see the complete list of qualifying items, which can also be found on Florida’s Department of Revenue website.

In addition to assisting Floridians with saving on everything from coolers to generators, retailers are also hoping this week of sales-tax free shopping will serve to boost sales as stay-at-home orders have been lifted throughout the state. Many retailers, such as Lowes, Home Depot, and Harbor Freight have chosen to sweeten the sales-tax free deal with additional incentives to encourage sales for disaster preparation. Some of these deals can already be found online at retailers’ websites.

For information and tips on what supplies are needed during hurricane season, what your preparation checklist should look like, and how to make an emergency plan, visit: ready.gov.

Shoppers can expect to see continued smart and safe shopping measures at retail establishments that include required social distancing as well as sanitizing. In addition, Floridians should be mindful of how COVID-19 can impact any disaster plan that may already be in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, and shelters. Now is the time to review and revise any emergency plan you’ve had in place.

Shop safely and get prepared, fellow Floridians!