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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins today, time to stock up on hurricane supplies

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Time to stock up and get prepared for the 2021 hurricane season tax free. Floridians can buy qualifying hurricane preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday which begins today and runs through June 6th. The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.

“The approach of hurricane season is an excellent reminder to prepare not just for storms, but for all potential disasters,” said Jim Zingale, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue. “The 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is an excellent opportunity for Floridians to save money while gathering the supplies they need to be safe.”

Here’s a look at some of the items you’ll be able to purchase without paying sales tax:
~Reusable ice packs ($10 or less)
~Candles, flashlights and lanterns ($20 or less)
~Gas or diesel fuel containers ($25 or less)
~Batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries ($30 or less)
~Radios powered by battery, solar, or handcrank
~Tie-down kits
~Portable generators ($750 or less)

The Department has created the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday webpage with information and promotional materials for consumers, businesses, and other interested parties. Please visit the page at floridarevenue.com/disasterprep

For more information, please see this Tax Information Publication (TIP), which outlines qualifying items ranging from portable, self-powered light sources selling for $20 or less to portable generators selling for $750 or less. The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

About the Florida Department of Revenue: The Florida Department of Revenue administers the State of Florida’s general tax, property tax oversight and child support programs. The Department’s mission is to provide excellent and efficient service through the fair and consistent administration of Florida’s tax and child support laws in order to simplify the process of compliance. To learn more about the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.