Disaster preparedness week: See what’s exempt during the sales tax holiday

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s disaster preparedness sales tax holiday started Friday.

People can buy several items without sales tax before the hurricane season officially begins on June 1.

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Officials said now is the time to get prepared. Floridians should get their hurricane kits ready.

Here’s a list of items that are tax exempt:

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  • Ice packs for $20 or less.
  • Flashlights for $40 or less.
  • Lanterns for $40 or less.
  • Candles for $40 or less.
  • Gas or diesel fuel container for $50 or less.
  • Batteries for $50 or less.
  • Two-way and weather band radios for $50 or less.
  • Coolers and ice chests for $60 or less.
  • Portable power banks for $60 or less.
  • Tarps for $100 or less.
  • Flexible waterproof sheeting for $100 or less.
  • Ground anchor systems for $100 or less.
  • Tie-down kits for $100 or less.
  • Bungee cords for $100 or less.
  • Ratchet straps for $100 or less.
  • Portable generators for $1,000 or less.

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Florida’s tax-free holiday runs through June 6.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.