Get tax-free hurricane supplies June 1-7

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For one week only Floridians will be able to get some of their hurricane supplies tax-free. June 1-7 is the first week of the hurricane season and Disaster Preparedness Week. It’s also the only time during this year’s hurricane season that certain supplies can be purchased without paying sales tax if the supplies meet certain criteria.

The tax-free offer is limited to certain items under specific financial thresholds. Items purchased online during the tax-free holiday are exempt.

Hurricane supply list

Water – at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

Food – at least enough for 3 to 7 days, including non-perishable packaged or canned food / juice, foods for infants, the elderly, pets, snack foods, non-electric can opener, cooking tools / fuel, paper plates / plastic utensils

Blankets and pillows

Clothing – seasonal / rain gear/ sturdy shoes

First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs

Special Items – for babies, the elderly, pets

Toiletries – hygiene items

Moist wipes

Flashlight and batteries

Radio – Battery operated and NOAA weather radio

Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.


Toys, Books and Games

Important documents – in a waterproof container, insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Document all valuables with videotape if possible.

Tools – keep a set with you during the storm

Vehicle fuel tanks filled

Sales tax is still applicable for rentals and repair of qualifying items, and items purchased in an airport, entertainment complex, theme park or hotel. Items priced over the qualifying amount are not eligible for the sales tax exemption.

Qualifying items include:

$10 and under:
  • Reusable ice packs
$20 and under:
  • Portable self-powered light sources including flashlights, lanterns, and candles
$25 and under:
  • All gas and diesel fuel containers including LP gas and kerosene containers
$30 and under:
  • Certain sizes of batteries and reusable batteries – sizes AA, AAA, C, D, 6-volt and 9-volt batteries included. Vehicle and boat batteries are excluded
  • Food storage, non-electrical coolers, and ice chests
$50 and under:
  • Tarps
  • Plastic sheeting, drop cloths and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor system
  • Tie-down kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps
  • Battery, solar or hand-crank powered two-way and weather band radios
$750 and under:
  • Portable generators

Items that are always sales tax exempt include unflavored, uncarbonated bottled water, canned food, first aid kits, baby food and formula, all prescription medication and most over the counter medication.

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