TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association celebrating more than 80 years of supporting Florida’s retail industry, reminds consumers that May 31 through June 6, is the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. During this time period, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on eligible items and supplies that can be used to prepare for and recover from natural disasters that hit the Sunshine State. Hurricane season starts June 1.
“With hurricane season upon us, this Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday comes at a great time by drawing attention to the need to be prepared for a storm and providing Florida families with millions in needed tax relief,” said FRF President/CEO R. Scott Shalley. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 6. During the holiday, sales tax will not be collected on the following popular items:
• A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or Weatherband radio selling for $50 or less.
• A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less.
Additional information regarding the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, including a list of qualifying items and FAQs, is on the Department of Revenue’s website.