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Florida tax break coming to stock up on hurricane supplies

The Disaster Sales Tax Holiday returns starting Saturday. Here’s what you need to know.
 
Miami-Dade residents Jackie and James Silva load their car after shopping to prepare for potential landfall by Hurricane Ian at Costco in Miami in 2022. Hurricane supplies will be tax-free starting Saturday for a two-week sales tax holiday.
Miami-Dade residents Jackie and James Silva load their car after shopping to prepare for potential landfall by Hurricane Ian at Costco in Miami in 2022. Hurricane supplies will be tax-free starting Saturday for a two-week sales tax holiday. [ DANIEL A. VARELA | Miami Herald ]
Published Aug. 24, 2023|Updated Aug. 24, 2023

In addition to looming storm threats, this weekend brings a two-week sales tax holiday to stock up on hurricane supplies.

From Saturday through Sept. 8, you can buy batteries, flashlights, power banks and generators under $3,000 with no sales tax. A list of exempt items can be found below.

August, September and October are typically the busiest months of the Atlantic hurricane season, with the peak arriving Sept. 10.

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There is no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased tax-exempt. For a complete list of items that are exempt of sales tax, head to the Florida Department of Revenue website.

  • Laundry supplies: fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain removers, bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Dish soaps and detergents
  • Cleaning/disinfecting wipes and spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trash bags
  • Ice packs ($20 or less)
  • Generator with a sales price of $3,000 or less
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting with a sales price of $100 or less
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit with a sales price of $100 or less
  • A smoke detector $70 or less
  • A fire extinguisher $70 or less
  • A carbon monoxide detector $70 or less
  • Food storage cooler with a sales price of $60 or less
  • A portable power bank with a sales price of $60 or less
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank with a sales price of $50 or less
  • A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather-band radio with a sales price of $50 or less
  • A package of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, with a sales price of $50 or less
  • A portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas) with a sales price of $40 or less, flashlights, lanterns, candles.

Supplies necessary for pet evacuations:

  • Dry cat and dog food (less than 50 pounds, must cost less than $100)
  • Portable pet carriers (must cost less than $100)
  • Over-the-counter pet medications (less than $100)
  • Pet beds (less than $40)
  • Cat litter (25 pounds or less)
  • Pet pads (less than $20)
  • Manual can openers (less than $15)
  • Cat litter pans (less than $15)
  • Pet waste disposal bags (less than $15)
  • Collapsible food/water bowls (less than $15)
  • Hamster or rabbit substrate (less than $15)
  • Wet pet food (must cost less than $10 each).