3-Day Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

May 31, 2017

Disaster preparedness sales tax holiday begins Friday, and includes items like generators, flashlights and batteries.
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The Atlantic hurricane season begins Thursday. To help Florida residents get ready, the state is offering a tax break on storm supplies.

The Florida Retail Federation said the disaster preparedness sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

“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 Florida department of revenue issued guidelines outlining terms for qualifying items, ranging from portable, self-powered light sources selling for $20 or less to portable generators selling for $750 or less.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any qualifying items.

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