Starting today, shoppers across the state of Florida can avoid sales tax on certain items in preparation with the start of hurricane season. Hurricane season in Florida starts on June 1st and goes through November 30th. For a short few day you can avoid paying sales tax by putting together and gathering your preparation stockpiles to be prepared in case of a storm.
The seven-day sales tax holiday starts today, Friday May 29th and goes until Thursday, June 4th. During this time, shoppers can avoid paying sales tax on these items.
- Reusable ice packs ($10 dollars or less)
- Flashlights and Lanterns ($20 dollars or less)
- Gasoline and Diesel fuel containers ($25 dollars or less)
- Coolers ($30 dollars or less)
- Batteries ($30 dollars or less)
- Tarps ($50 dollars or less)
- Radios ($50 dollars or less)
- Portable generators ($750 dollars or less)
FEMA’s storm prep check list includes flashlights, batteries, radios, multipurpose tools, emergency fuel, cell phone chargers, emergency contact list, copies of personal documents, hygiene items, medications, food, water, and anything you may need for up to two weeks.
The tax bill was passed in March and signed by Governor DeSantis. The bill also includes a three-day back to school tax holiday on school supplies, computer equipment and clothes. The back to school tax holiday is held from August 7th through August 9th.