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This weekend, you can stock up on disaster preparedness supplies without paying sales tax in Florida. The “holiday” runs this year from Friday, May 29 to Thursday, June 4. Curious was to what is and what is not tax free? Here’s a list with the maximum price to qualify as tax-free.

YES, tax free:
Bungee Cords ($50)
Radios ($50)
Tarps ($50)
Generators ($750)
Reusable Ice ($10)
Candles ($20)
Flashlights and Lanterns ($20)
AA, AAA, C, D, 6, 9 volt Batteries ($30)
Coolers ($30)

These items are always tax free:
Bottled Water
First Aid
Canned Food
Baby Food

Items that are NOT tax-free:
Automobile & Boat Batteries
BOGOs – The total price can’t be averaged for both items to quality for the exemption
Rain Check Items – you have to buy items between 5/29 and 6/4
Rentals or Repairs of qualified items
Items purchased at a theme park, hotel or airport

Here’s a printable PDF file to take with you.

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