If you’re thinking of buying a generator or other supplies in preparation for hurricane season, mark May 31 through June 6 on your calendar. That’s when the 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives consumers a financial incentive to stock up on everything they may need during a big storm but hope they never have to use. 

During the seven-day holiday the state waives sales taxes on the following:

$10 or less

·   Reusable ice (ice packs)

$20 or less

·   Any portable self-powered light source

  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns
  • Candles

$25 or less

·   Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

$30 or less

·   Batteries, including rechargeable batteries (excluding automobile and boat batteries)

  • AA and AAA
  • C-cell
  • D-cell
  • 6-volt
  • 9-volt

·   Coolers and ice chests

  • Food storage
  • Non-electrical

$50 or less

·   Tarpaulins (tarps)

·   Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

·   Ground anchor systems

·   Tie-down kits

·   Bungee cords

·   Ratchet straps

·   Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand crank)

  • Two-way
  • Weather band

$750 or less

·   Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

Always exempt

·   Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)

·   Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruit, peanut butter, and other nonperishable items

·   First aid kits

·   Prescription and non-prescription medications

  • All RX and most over-the-counter are exempt

·   Baby food and formula


Click here for more information about the 2019 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.