Florida Announces 2019 Hurricane Season Sales Tax Holiday Week by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on May 21, 2019 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature again approved a week-long sales-tax holiday on purchases of disaster-preparedness supplies, including batteries, flashlights and generators, to encourage the state’s residents and businesses to get ready for the 2019 hurricane season.

Beginning on Friday, May 31, and running through the end of the day on Thursday, June 6, 2019, Florida residents can buy the following storm-related supplies without paying sales tax:

Florida’s hurricane season kicks off on June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30. Everyone in the state should have a plan for securing their homes and businesses and protecting their families before during and after a storm. This entails having ample supplies, food, medications and cash; knowing your evacuation route; securing important documents; and having appropriate insurance coverage for their homes and potential business interruption.

About the Author: Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM, is a senior manager of Tax Services with Berkowitz Pollack Brant’s state and local tax (SALT) practice, where he helps individual and business to meet their corporate, state and local tax reporting requirements. He can be reached at the CPA firm’s Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office at (954) 712-7000, or via email at