The Florida sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness items begins on Saturday, May 31, 2014 and ends on Sunday, June 8, 2014. During this period, items related to hurricane preparedness are exempt from sales tax. This holiday does not apply to sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging locations, or airports. The following is a sample list of items that would qualify for the tax exemption during the sales tax holiday.
- Portable generators ($750 and under) that will be used to provide light, communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage
- Portable lights (self-powered or battery-powered)
- Radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
- Two-way radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
- Weather band radios (self-powered or battery-powered)
- Gas-powered lanterns (propane or kerosene lamps)
- Propane, kerosene, lamp oil, and similar fuels
- Tiki-type torches
- Fuel containers
- Batteries (excluding automobile batteries and boat batteries)
- Reusable ice or ice packs
- Coolers and ice chests (non-electrical)
- Self-contained first-aid kits
- Tarpaulins (tarps)
- Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other water proofing sheeting
- Ground anchor systems
- Tie-down kits
- Bungee cords
- Ratchet straps
Price retractions apply for items on the sales tax exemption list. A list of qualifying items with price restrictions is available by clicking this link. Eligible battery-powered or gas powered light sources and portable self-powered radios qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.
The official start of hurricane season, June 1, 2014, could begin with one or two storms in June or July according to meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. AccuWeather.com's long-range forecasting team anticipates two storms, either tropical storms or hurricanes, to make landfall in the United States. To read more about Florida's 2014 Atlantic hurricane season on AccuWeather.com click this link.