Florida Keys Residential & Luxury Real Estate
Derrick Johnson

Sales Tax holiday for Hurricane season in Florida begins May 31st

Hurricane Florence was a category 4 hurricane in 2018.

Hurricane season starts on June 1st and runs through the end of November. We’ve already seen some tropical storm activity and stocking up on hurricane supplies is always a good idea if you live in Florida. Especially if you live in the Florida Keys where there is only one road in and out of the islands. Supplies can be in short supply in an emergency situation and if we wait till the last minute to go out and get them, we often over-spend and are underprepared. In order to help residents become better prepared, there is a Sales Tax “holiday” from May 31st to Midnight on June 6th. This means that you will not pay sales taxes on any of the qualifying items that are needed most during a storm event. What qualifies you may ask? That’s a great question and here are some of the items you will want to have in your hurricane kit.

The weeklong exemption on sales taxes on hurricane supplies includes:

▪ Portable self-powered light sources, like flashlights, selling for $20 or less

▪ Portable self-powered radios, including two-way radios or weather-band radios, selling for $50 or less

▪ Tarps, other waterproof sheets, ground anchors or ties, also for $50 or less

▪ Gas or diesel fuel tanks that are sold for $25 or less

▪ AA, AAA, C, D, 6-volt or 9-volt batteries sold for $30 or less (car and boat batteries are excluded)

▪ Non-electric coolers up to $30

▪ Portable generators sold for $750 or less

▪ Reusable ice sold for $10 or less

▪ Impact-resistant windows sold in units of 20 or fewer and purchased by the owner of residential real property where the windows will be installed

▪ Impact-resistant doors sold in units of 10 or fewer and purchased by the owner of residential real property where the doors will be installed

Taking advantage of these tax breaks is a small but effective way to help everyone prepare for the upcoming 2019 Hurricane Season. You can track the tropical storm activity at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage. www.NHC.NOAA.gov