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STATEMENT: Florida TaxWatch Urges Families to Get Prepared During 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) President and CEO Dominic M. Calabro released the following statement urging Florida families to take the opportunity to stock up on essential items and get prepared for the upcoming hurricane season during the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday which begins Friday, May 29 and runs until Thursday, June 4:

“As Florida families and businesses continue to recover from COVID-19, and get ready for the June 1 start of hurricane season, this year’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday provides a great opportunity to get prepared and help fuel our economy by shopping locally. The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, which runs from Friday, May 29 through Thursday, June 4, is the perfect time to stock up on essential items tax-free like batteries, flashlights, radios, and even generators, that will keep your family safe in the event of a storm.

“Of course, shoppers should remain mindful of COVID-19 related health precautions and remember that many stores are offering curbside or contactless pickup so be sure to check online to see what’s available in your area. Florida TaxWatch wants to again thank the Florida Legislature for continuing to offer these important savings back to our families and urges every Floridian to take advantage of the great deals on needed hurricane supplies in the coming days.”

For more information on the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, and what items qualify for the sales tax exemption, please visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s dedicated website

About Florida TaxWatch
As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit government watchdog and taxpayer research institute for more than forty years and the trusted eyes and ears of Florida taxpayers, Florida TaxWatch works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Its research recommends productivity enhancements and explains the statewide impact of fiscal and economic policies and practices on citizens and businesses. Florida TaxWatch is supported by its membership via voluntary, tax-deductible donations and private grants, and does not accept government funding. Donations provide a solid, lasting foundation that has enabled Florida TaxWatch to bring about a more effective, responsive government that is more accountable to, and productive for, the citizens it serves since 1979. For more information, please visit

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