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Florida's 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 29

Florida's 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 29
Posted at 1:34 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 08:13:53-04

TAMPA, Fla. — Florida's 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will begin Friday, May 29 and lasts through Thursday, June 4.

During the sales tax holiday period, as approved by the Florida Legislature this spring, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

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The sale tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items nor does it apply to any items bought in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

Here is a list of qualifying items:

$10 or less

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

$20 or less

  • Portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas)
  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns

$25 or less

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

$30 or less

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries): AAA-cell, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt and 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

$50 or less

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or handcrank) either Two-way or Weather band
  • Ratchet straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

$750 or less

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

For complete information including the use of coupons during the Sales Tax Holiday, click here.

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