Start building your hurricane-supply stockpile and save during Florida’s disaster preparedness sales-tax holiday, running Friday, May 31, through Friday, June 7.
It’s time to get ready for 2019 storm season, which runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Pocket the sales tax on everything from water to batteries to generators to prepare your home and family for a disaster. Sales tax in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties is 7 percent.
The National Oceanic Administration’s official forecast calls for four to eight Atlantic hurricanes this season. Two to four of the storms are likely to be major hurricanes, which means Category 3 or higher, producing winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
Begin by making a checklist of items needed to be self-sufficient for five days for each member of your family, including pets. Use our handy online tool at SunSentinel.com/MyStormPlan to plan purchases before going to the store. Answer a few questions and it will calculate exactly what is needed.
Eligible tax-free items include:
$10 or less
- Reusable ice packs
$20 or less
- Any portable self-powered light source such flashlights, candles, lanterns
$25 or less
- Any gas or diesel fuel containers, including liquid propane gas and kerosene
$30 or less
- Batteries: AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt or 9-volt (excludes automobile and boat batteries)
- Rechargeable batteries
- Nonelectric coolers and ice chests
$50 or less
- Portable self-powered radio, two-way radio or weather band radio
- Tarpaulin or flexible waterproof sheeting
- First-aid kits (always exempt)
- Ground anchor systems or tie-down kits and bungee cords
$750 or less
- Portable generators
Exemptions: The tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging or airports, and rental or repair of qualifying items.
This year’s tax holiday is expected to save Florida families more than about $800,000, according to state revenue estimates.
See the full list of eligible items at SunSentinel.com/TaxHoliday.