June 4-End of Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

This notice appeared in the Weekly Phoenix between June 2, 2020 and June 4, 2020.

June 2, 2020

The beginning of the 2020 hurricane season was Monday, June 1. To assist in your preparation, the Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday began on Friday, May 29 and ends on Thursday, June 4. The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items, nor does it apply to any items bought in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Below is a list of qualifying items that will assist in your hurricane preparation:

$10 or less

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

$20 or less

  • Portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas)
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns

$25 or less

  • Gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

$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)

$50 or less

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank) either Two-way or Weather band
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

$750 or less

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are included.

As you plan for hurricane season, do not hesitate to email Safety Services with any questions you may have or call 863-874-8666.