Hurricane supplies tax free holiday starts in Florida

Hurricane prep

Florida's sales tax free holiday for hurricane supplies starts June 1 and runs until Thursday June 7, giving shoppers a chance to buy essential disaster preparedness items.

Shoppers can avoid paying sales tax for items like portable generators, radios, coolers and batteries.

Full list of eligible items:

--- Portable self-powered light sources that cost $20 or less.

--- Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather band radios that cost $50 or less.

--- Tarps or other waterproof sheeting the cost $50 or less.

--- Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits that cost $50 or less.

--- Gas or diesel fuel tanks that cost $25 or less.

--- Packages of batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, that cost $30 or less.

--- Coolers that cost $30 or less.

--- Portable generators that cost $750 or less.

--- Reusable ice that costs $10 or less.

Last year the hurricane sales tax holiday was just three days, but this year Gov. Rick Scott extended the holiday to nearly a full week.

"This year I asked for a longer time frame for hurricane preparedness. We have seven days June 1-7 with no sales tax on hurricane supplies. Hopefully everyone will get ready," Gov. Scott said.

Emergency management officials also suggest having a disaster survival kit with items like water, a portable phone charger and a flashlight ready in case of a storm.

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