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Thursday is the last day for hurricane supplies tax holiday

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 09:50:05-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Thursday, June 6 is the final day of the 2019 sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies in Florida.

The tax holiday began May 31 to help Floridians remember to stock up on supplies needed in case a storm heads your way this hurricane season, which started on June 1st.

Items eligible for the tax break from May 31 through June 6 are:

$10 or less

  • Reusable ice (ice packs)

$20 or less

  • Any portable self-powered light source (flashlights, lanterns, candles)

$25 or less

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

$30 or less

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries (excluding automobile and boat batteries)
  • AA and AAA
  • C-cell
  • D-cell
  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (food storage, non-electrical)

$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, including two-way and weather band)

$750 or less

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

Always exempt

  • Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
  • Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, and other nonperishable items
  • First aid kits
  • Prescription and non-prescription medications (all RX and most over-the-counter are exempt)
  • Baby food and formula

The rental or repair of items doesn’t qualify for the exemption, and items sold at airports and theme parks are not included in the deal.

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