No Sales Tax on Hurricane Preparedness Items in Florida!

Beginning tomorrow, May 31, 2014 Floridians will have the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season by purchasing qualified hurricane preparedness items without the added sales tax.  “The sales tax holiday is great way for retailers to help raise awareness of the need to be prepared, while delivering tax savings for our residents,” says Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.

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photo: Florida Division of Emergency Management

The 2014 holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 8.

Items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:

Portable self-powered light sources selling for $20 or less

Portable self-powered radio, two-way radio or weather band radio selling for $50 or less

Tarps or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less

Self-contained first-aid kits selling for $30 or less

Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits selling for $50 or less

Gas or diesel fuel tanks selling for $25 or less

Battery packages: AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less

Nonelectric food storage coolers selling for $30 or less

Portable generators used to preserve food or provide light or communications selling for $750 or less

Reusable ice selling for $10 or less

For more information about hurricane preparedness and a printable guide click here or visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

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