|Posted on May 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM|
Hurricane season in Florida stretches from June 1 to Nov. 30. The season is now upon us, and with 1,197 miles of coastline, there are no areas in Florida immune to the forces of a hurricane. Hurricanes and severe weather require our attention and preparation. During and after a hurricane, you may need supplies to keep your family safe and healthy. To help Floridians prepare for hurricane season, this year’s Florida Legislature established a tax–free holiday from May 31 to June 8 for you to purchase supplies that will help you during an emergency.
Some of the items that will be tax-free include:
Reusable ice packs, selling for $10 or less
Portable self-powered lights, battery–powered flashlights, battery- or gas-powered lanterns, candles, selling for $20 or less
Gas or diesel fuel tanks, selling for $25 or less
Food storage coolers, ice chests, first–aid kits, selling for $30 or less
Packages of AA–cell, C–cell, D–cell, 6–volt or 9–volt batteries, selling for $30 or less
Portable self–powered radios, two–way radios, weather band radios, selling for $50 or less
Tarps, other waterproof sheetings, selling for $50 or less
Ground anchor systems, tie–down kits, bungee cords, ratchet straps, selling for $50 or less
Portable generators used to provide light, communications or preserve food during a power outage, selling for $750 or less
These exemptions do not apply to sales inside of a theme park, entertainment complex, lodging establishment or airport.
For a complete list of qualifying items, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s website. For additional information, contact the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at�a href="http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services" mce_href="http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Consumer-Services">www.800helpfla.com�r by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832) en Español.