Hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday May 31 – June 8, 2014

May 30, 2014

Photo courtesy of NOAA/NCEP
Photo courtesy of NOAA/NCEP

Are you ready for hurricane season? Now is the time to stock up on supplies and be prepared in the event of a hurricane.

From Saturday, May 31, 2014 to Sunday June 8, 2014, qualifying items related to hurricane preparedness are exempt from sales tax. This sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport, or to the rental or repair of any of these items.

Selling for $10 or less:
Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:
Any portable self-powered light source
– Battery-powered flashlights
– Battery-powered lanterns
– Gas-powered lanterns (including propane, kerosene, lamp oil, or similar fuel)

Selling for $25 or less:
Any gas or diesel fuel container (including
LP gas and kerosene containers)

Selling for $30 or less:
Batteries, including rechargeable batteries and excluding automobile and boat batteries (listed sizes only) – AA-cell, ,- 6-volt, – 9-volt, – C-cell, – D-cell
Coolers (food-storage; nonelectrical) Ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical) Self-contained first-aid kit (already tax- exempt)

Selling for $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 (self-powered or battery- powered)
– Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
– Weather band radios (self- powered or battery-powered)

Selling for $750 or less:
Portable generators that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage