2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is here

Aisling Glocke

Graphic by Sam Chaney

This year’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday takes place from Friday, June 1 to the following Friday, June 7.

Through June 7, all eligible items related to disaster readiness are exempt from sales tax. The Florida Department of Revenue announced the items that are exempt from sales tax are as follows:  

Selling for $10 or less:
Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:
Any portable self-powered light source
(powered by a battery, solar power, hand-crank or gas):

  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns

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;

Selling for $50 or less:
• Bungee cords
• Ground anchor systems
• Radios (powered by a battery, solar power or hand-crank)
 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

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins Friday, June 1.

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