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Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday Starts Today

Emergency Preparedness "ready to go" kit.
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Washington, DC, July 22, 2008 -- A Red Cross "ready to go" preparedness kit showing the bag and it's contents. Red Cross photograph

A 10-day sales tax “holiday” begins today, May 28 for shoppers buying supplies for the hurricane season, which starts June 1.

Shoppers will be able to avoid paying sales taxes on qualifying reusable ice packs, portable self-powered radios, gas tanks, batteries, non-electric food coolers, tarps, and portable generators. A full list is available here.

The holiday, which runs through June 6, is expected to save shoppers $10.5 million in state and local sales taxes.

Florida Retail Federation President Scott Shalley says the tax break will help Floridians and retailers as the state continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many retailers have struggled. So, we encourage people to get out and support their local retailers," she said. "That includes even if you shop online. If you shop online, shop local with somebody who has a local presence.”

The tax break for hurricane supplies was part of a larger $196-million tax package signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last week.

Along with a 10-day tax holiday for disaster preparedness, the bill also includes tax breaks for back-to-school shoppers and a “Freedom Week” tax holiday designed to encourage people to participate in outdoor activities and entertainment events.