Florida Hurricane Prep Sales Tax Holiday Starts Today

We are just days away from hurricane season, and this year we are having a small break from taxes on certain items when prepping!

As part of a $47.7 million tax package that was approved in March by Florida lawmakers allows Floridians a tax holiday for hurricane disaster-preparation. The tax holiday will continue for seven days long, starting on Friday May 29th.

FEMA's storm prep list includes items like flashlights, batteries, portable radios, water and food supplies, and more. "Social distancing and other (federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance to keep you safe from COVID-19 may impact the disaster preparedness plan you had in place, including what is in your go-kit, evacuation routes, shelters and more," Carlos Castillo, acting deputy administrator for resilience for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said in a prepared statement. "With tornado season at its peak, hurricane season around the corner, and flooding, earthquakes and wildfires a risk year-round, it is time to revise and adjust your emergency plan now."

Shoppers can avoid taxes on items such as reusable ice packs that cost $10 or less; flashlights and lanterns costing $20 or less; gasoline and diesel fuel containers costing $25 or less. coolers and batteries costing $30 or less; and radios and tarps costing $50 or less.

The full list is available here.

We hope everyone has a SAFE and uneventful hurricane season! Stay prepared!

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