Florida Kicks Off 2021 Disaster Preparedness Tax Holiday by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on May 27, 2021 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature has approved sales-tax holiday on purchases of disaster-preparedness supplies beginning on Friday, May 28, and running through Sunday, June 6. During this 10-day period, Florida residents may stock up on essential supplies to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season without paying sales tax.

Some of the items consumer can buy free of sales tax are icepacks costing $20 or less; flashlights and candles selling for $40 or less; batteries, fuel containers and battery- or solar-powered radios priced at $50 or less; coolers and ice chests selling for $60 or less; tarps and waterproof sheeting selling for $100 or less; and portable generators costing $1,000 or less. Consumers can also apply coupons and rebates to further reduce a product’s sales price to fall under the allowable exemption amount.

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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 individuals and businesses 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