Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Set for 2020 by Michael Hirsch, JD, LLM

Posted on May 07, 2020 by Michael Hirsch

The Florida legislature recently announced that the state’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will take place from Friday, May 29, through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this seven-day period, which coincides with the start of the 2020 hurricane season, Florida residents can purchase the following items without paying the state’s 6 percent sales tax:

The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying supplies nor to any sales that occur in an airport, theme park, entertainment center or public lodging establishment.

Florida’s hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 30. All residents should have plans in place 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 their businesses.

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