Disaster preparedness sales tax holiday

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 20:33:25-04

The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday starts Friday June 2 and ends Sunday night June 4. 

During this holiday, items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

However, the sales tax does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Also, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport. 


Selling for $10 or less:  Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:  Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas):

  • Flashlights  
  • Lanterns
  • Candles

Selling for $25 or less:  Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:  Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries).

  • AA-cell
  • C-cell  
  • D-cell  
  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt 


Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Tie-down kits
  • Bungee cords
  • Ratchet straps
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank) two-way and weather band.

Selling for $750 or less:

  • Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.

First-aid kits (always exempt)

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.