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2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday BEGINS TODAY!

June 1-7

Florida Department of Revenue

The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, June 1, 2018 and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please see the Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Those interested in sharing information about the sales tax holiday, materials are available at A list of qualifying items are available on the Department’s website at

According to the Tax Information Publication, these are some of the Qualifying Items:

Selling for $10 or less:

Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
Selling for $20 or less:
Any portable self-powered light source
(powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas):
 Candles  Flashlights  Lanterns
Selling for $25 or less:
Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP
gas and kerosene containers.
Selling for $30 or less:
Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):
AAA-cell  AA-cell

C-cell  D-cell
 6-volt  9-volt
Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
Selling for $50 or less:

Bungee cords

Ground anchor systems

Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
Weather band

Ratchet straps

Tarpaulins (tarps)

Tie-down kits

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

Selling for $750 or less:
Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are also included.