Florida’s sales tax holiday for hurricane disaster preparedness is here. Consumers can purchase qualifying supplies exempt from tax during the tax holiday.
Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, May 28 and extends through Friday, June 10.
Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1
Now is the time to check your hurricane kits to make sure you’re prepared. The checklist includes several categories, including food, clothes and even medication.
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People often underestimate how much water and food they would need. FEMA recommends having one gallon per person, per day for a minimum of three days. You also want to get enough food for three to five days.
Here’s what you can save money on during the sales tax holiday
The “holiday” has become a regular tax break for Floridians, similar to a back-to-school tax holiday held around the start of the school year. Some new items included in this year’s tax-free list are pet supplies, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon-monoxide detectors that cost $70 or less.
The eligible pet supplies include pet carriers that cost $100 or less; pet beds that cost $40 or less; bags of pet food that cost $30 or less; bags of cat litter that cost $25 or less; leashes, collars and muzzles that sell for $20 or less; packages of pet-waste disposable bags that cost $15 or less; and cans of pet food that cost $2 or less.
Other discounted items this year include tarpaulins, waterproof sheeting and tie-down kits that sell for $100 or less; coolers and portable power banks that sell for $60 or less; portable lights that cost $40 or less; reusable ice packs that cost $20 or less; and gas tanks, portable radios, two-way radios, weather-band radios and packs of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries that cost $50 or less.
Officials are saying an active hurricane season is ahead, which would mark the seventh consecutive year of an above-average hurricane season.