Now more than ever, consumers can use a financial “break”. With hurricane season starting Monday, June 1 through Nov. 30, tax holidays can come in handy when trying to prepare.
The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 29, 2020, and ends on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Shoppers in Florida can avoid paying sales taxes while putting together disaster-preparation stockpiles for the 2020 hurricane season.
What to expect for less:
During that time, shoppers will be able to avoid paying sales taxes on items such as:
- Reusable ice packs that cost $10 or less
- Flashlights and lanterns costing $20 or less
- Gasoline and diesel fuel containers costing $25 or less
- Coolers and batteries costing $30 or less
- Radios and tarps costing $50 or less
The biggest-ticket items included in the holiday are portable generators that cost $750 or less. The discounts cannot be used to buy car and boat batteries.
FEMA’s storm-prep checklist includes flashlights, batteries, portable radios, multi-purpose tools, emergency fuel, personal hygiene items, cell-phone chargers, emergency contact lists and copies of personal documents, along with supplies of water, food and medication for three days to two weeks, depending on different scenarios involving evacuation or riding out the disaster at home.
For a complete breakdown of qualifying items and rules, visit Florida Revenue.com
And don’t forget! A three-day back-to-school tax holiday on school supplies, clothes, and computer equipment will be held from Aug. 7 through Aug. 9.
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