June marks the start of hurricane season and a time for Floridians to stock up on qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from sales tax.
Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, the 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 2 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 4.
Qualifying items range from portable, self-powered light sources selling for $20 or less to portable generators selling for $750 or less.
“The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is an opportunity for Floridians to purchase supplies in preparation for a variety of storm-related activity,” said Leon Biegalski, executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue. “From powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes, to tropical storms and hurricanes, Florida experiences a range of potentially dangerous weather throughout summer and fall. We encourage Floridians to participate in this sales tax holiday as being proactive is in the best interest of their safety.”
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.