It’s time to start stocking up on household goods you might need to weather this year’s hurricane season, and for the next 12 days, you can do so while skipping the sales tax.
The first of Florida’s two Disaster Preparedness sales tax holidays runs from May 27 through June 9, with a second holiday running Aug. 26 to Sept. 8. On those days, household goods including pet food, household cleaners and batteries will be exempt from sales tax.
Other tax-exempt items include trash bags, flashlights, fire extinguishers and portable power generators. A full list of items can be found on the Florida Department of Revenue website.
Hurricane season starts June 1 and typically peaks in early September, according to federal data.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 12 to 17 named storms during the 2023 season, which runs until November. Five to nine of those storms could become hurricanes, with as many as four becoming major hurricanes with winds above 111 mph.
Emergency officials suggest starting early by taking inventory of what you have and what you need for the coming season. Households should have at least seven days’ worth of food and water per family member, including pets. You should also keep at least 30 days of prescription medication on hand.
First aid kits, dust masks and portable power banks are also highly suggested, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s checklist.
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