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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

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Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Begins June 1st

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicting a very active 2024 hurricane season, Florida residents are encouraged to take advantage of the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The tax-free period runs from June 1st through June 14th, allowing consumers to stock up on hurricane supplies without paying sales taxes.

Tax-Free Hurricane Supplies

During the sales tax holiday, a wide range of qualifying disaster preparedness items will be exempt from sales tax. These include:

  • Portable self-powered light sources (flashlights, lanterns) under $40
  • Portable self-powered radios and weather band radios under $50
  • Coolers and ice chests (non-electric) under $60
  • Carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms under $70
  • Bungee cords, ground anchor systems, ratchet straps, tarpaulins, and tie-down kits under $100
  • Portable generators (up to $3,000) for providing light, communications, or food preservation

Additionally, certain pet supplies are eligible for the tax exemption, including pet food, carriers, beds, leashes, collars, and other evacuation essentials.

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: Second Tax Holiday in August

Floridians will have another opportunity to save on disaster preparedness items from August 24th through September 6th, with a second tax holiday period approved by Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature. This extended window allows residents ample time to prepare for the peak of hurricane season.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Department of Revenue encourage all Floridians to prioritize preparedness during these tax-free holidays and update their disaster supply kits and plans accordingly.

By taking advantage of these sales tax holidays, Florida residents can save money while ensuring they have the necessary supplies to stay safe during and after potential disasters.

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Essential Items to Purchase

The most essential items to purchase during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday are:

Emergency Power Sources

  • Portable generators (up to $3,000) for providing light, communications, or food preservation
  • Portable power banks (under $60)
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 6V, 9V under $50 per package)

Emergency Lighting

  • Flashlights and lanterns (under $40)
  • Portable self-powered light sources like hand-crank or solar lights (under $40)

Emergency Communications

  • Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather band radios (under $50)

Food and Water Storage

  • Non-electric coolers and ice chests (under $60)
  • Reusable ice packs (under $20)
  • Manual can openers (under $15)

Safety and Preparedness

  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (under $70)
  • Fire extinguishers (under $70)
  • Tarpaulins, tie-down kits, bungee cords (under $100)

Pet Supplies

  • Pet food, carriers, beds, leashes, collars, litter, pads, and other evacuation essentials

By stocking up on these tax-free essentials during the holiday periods, Florida residents can ensure they have the necessary supplies to stay safe and prepared during potential disasters like hurricanes.

Generator Restrictions

There are restrictions on the types of generators that qualify for the sales tax exemption during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The key restriction is on the sales price of the generator:

  • Portable generators with a sales price of $3,000 or less qualify for the tax exemption.

There does not appear to be any restriction on the type, size, or power output of the generator, as long as it is portable and the sales price is $3,000 or under. For example, portable generators up to $3,000 for providing light, communications, or food preservation are exempt. Therefore, any portable generator, regardless of brand, fuel type, wattage, etc., will qualify for the sales tax exemption during the holiday period, as long as its sales price is $3,000 or less. Generators over $3,000 would be taxable.

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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Resources

[1] https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/floridas-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-begins-june-1st

[2] https://www.floridasalestax.com/taas/taa-16a-010-exemption-for-machinery-and-equipmen/

[3] https://floridarevenue.com/taxes/tips/Documents/TIP_23A01-02.pdf

[4] https://www.sagesure.com/insurance-insights/floridas-tax-free-holiday-for-hurricane-supplies-is-back/

[5] https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Documents/

2023/2023%20Disaster%20Preparedness%20Sales%20Tax%20Holidays%20-%20External%20FAQs%20-%20Sales%20and%20Use%20Tax%20Dealers.pdf

[1] https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/floridas-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-begins-june-1st

[2] https://www.wfla.com/weather/tracking-the-tropics/florida-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-begins-june-1/

[3] https://www.fox13news.com/news/floridas-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-heres-what-you-can-get-tax-free

[4] https://www.wesh.com/article/florida-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday/60964233

[5] https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Pages/default.aspx

[1] https://www.fox35orlando.com/news/floridas-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-begins-june-1st

[2] https://floridarevenue.com/DisasterPrep/Pages/default.aspx

[3] https://floridarevenue.com/taxes/tips/Documents/TIP_24A01-04.pdf

[4] https://www.floridadisaster.org/news-media/news/20240529-florida-division-of-emergency-management-encourages-floridians-to-take-advantage-of-floridas-two-disaster-sales-tax-holidays-for-the-2024-atlantic-hurricane-season/

[5] https://www.news-press.com/story/news/2024/05/15/florida-disaster-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday-save-hurricane-supplies-june-august/73687500007/

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