Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 through June 6

The Florida Legislature authorized a Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Friday, May 31, through Thursday, June 6. With storm season starting on June 1, this is a great opportunity to stock up on items like flashlights, batteries, and tarps – and pocket the money you would otherwise spend on sales tax.  

Qualifying Items

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): ϒ Candles ϒ Flashlights ϒ Lanterns.

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, 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.  


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