MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Floridians getting ready for the hurricane season can save some cash at the same time with a sales tax holiday starting Saturday.
The holiday, meant to give customers a price break on hurricane preparation supplies, will last until June 8th.
Floridians will be able to purchase batteries, flashlights, tarps and even generators worth $750 or less without having to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax. The Atlantic hurricane season begins Sunday, June 1st and runs through Nov. 30th.
The hurricane tax holiday is one of three holidays passed during this spring’s state legislative session. A back-to-school sales tax holiday will run from Aug. 1-3, and residents will be able to purchase energy-efficient appliances costing $1,500 or less without paying sales tax from Sept. 19-21.
The specific items included in the Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday include:
- A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
- A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
- A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
- A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
- A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
- A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
- A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
- A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
- A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
- Reusable ice selling for $10 or less
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