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Seven Day Hurricane Preparedness Tax Holiday Signed into Law

May 16th, 2019 by Jake Stofan

More than $121 million in tax breaks were signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis Wednesday.

The first savings Floridians will see is the seven day hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday at the end of May.

For the past three years in a row Florida has been hit by a major Hurricane.

Ace Hardware Manager David McCellen witnessed first hand after hurricane Michael that many people failed to prepare ahead of time.

The result was a mad dash for supplies.

“We were working 10, 12, 14 hours a day,” said McCellen. “From the time we opened the door in the morning until late at night we had customers in the store. We had no power and we were going working off of generators our self trying to get these things out for the customers.”

This year, there’s no need for the post storm rush.

Under the 2019 tax package Floridians get a full week, from May 31st through June 6th, to get their households hurricane ready and save some money while doing it.

Some items covered by the Hurricane tax free holiday are coolers, gas cans, flashlights, batteries, and tarps.

Generators under $750 are also on the list.

McCellen said he’s noticed the holiday rising in popularity.

“You see people do that. And then they’ll go ahead and purchase something a be ready because people are learning the last two or three years here, you’ve got to be prepared because these storms have hit and they’ve hit hard,” said McCellen.

Carolun Johnson with the Florida Chamber of Commerce added tax free holidays don’t only benefit customers.

“These sales tax holidays are very popular and it encourages homeowners and families and business to get out and support their local retailers,” said Johnson.

This year there is also a five day back to school sales tax holiday.

It runs from August 2 to August 6.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce estimates between the two sales tax holidays Floridians will save about $46 million.

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