Folks, Hurricane season started on Tuesday, June 1st.  The State of Florida wants you to be prepared in case of a storm.  To help get you prepared, the State has a Tax Holiday on certain preparedness items.  That means you don’t pay the 7% sales tax on these items.

The list of items that are tax free:

  • Selling for $20 or less:
    • Reusable ice (ice packs)
  • Selling for $40 or less:
    • Any portable self-powered light source* (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas):
    • Flashlights
    • Lanterns
    • Candles
  • Selling for $50 or less
    • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
    • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):
      • AA and AAA
      • C-cell
      • D-cell
      • 6-volt
      • 9-volt
    • Two-way and weather band radios* (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
  • Selling for $60 or less
    • Coolers and ice chests (food storage, non-electrical)
    • Portable power banks Page
  • Selling for $100 or less
    • Tarpaulins (tarps)
    • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths and other flexible waterproof sheeting
    • Ground anchor systems
    • Tie-down kits
    • Bungee cords
    • Ratchet straps
  • Selling for $1,000 or less
    • Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage
    • Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are included.


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