From Friday, May 29, to Thursday, June 4, you can buy select disaster preparedness items tax-free.
It’s the perfect time to start or beef up your family’s disaster kit in time for hurricane season, which begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30.
Learn what items are tax-free during this designated week. Supplies such as flashlights and tarps, as well as expensive items like portable generators are included.
In the wake of recent hurricanes Michael, Irma and Matthew, state leaders have changed their definition of preparedness. They say people should plan to stock up on essentials and build a disaster supply kit to last at least seven days.
To find out what items should be included in any disaster preparedness kit, visit www./floridadisaster.org/planprepare/disaster-supply-kit.
During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.
Selling for $10 or less:
• Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
Selling for $20 or less:
• Any portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas):
Selling for $25 or less:
• Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP
gas and kerosene containers
Selling for $30 or less:
• Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries) AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt and 9-volt
• Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
Selling for $50 or less:
• Bungee cords
• Ground anchor systems
• Radios (powered by battery, solar or handcrank. Two-way and weather band)
• Ratchet straps
• Tarpaulins (tarps)
• Tie-down kits
• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
Selling for $750 or less:
• Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage
For more information, visit floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.