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Shopping event: Stock up on storm supplies in Florida tax-free

Florida is offering its residents an opportunity to purchase storm supplies without paying state sales tax, which is 6 percent.

You'll save at least $6 on every $100 you spend. This year, there are two sales tax holidays for hurricane supplies, including lots of everyday products.

The first sales tax holiday in 2023, which is May 27  through June 9, is valid for a variety of eligible items, including hurricane supplies. The other sales tax holiday will be August 26 – September 8.

Usually, specific price points are required for tax-exempt status to apply. You can find a full list of eligible items here.

Examples of items included in the tax holiday:

  • Flashlights, lanterns and candles costing $40 or less
  • Batteries $50 or less
  • Portable generators costing $3,000 or less
  • Portable power banks, $60 or less
  • Radios $50 or less.
  • Fire extinguishers $70 or less

Some household items that are eligible for the tax holiday are useful anytime, such as pet products, laundry detergent, paper towels, dish soap and fire extinguishers. First-aid kits are always exempt from sales tax.

2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holidays – External FAQs – Consumers

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