Stock up tax-free during Florida’s sales tax holidays. Hurricane season is here, again. It’s crucial to ensure you’re well-prepared with essential household goods and supplies. Luckily, Florida residents have the opportunity to stock up on these items while enjoying a tax-free shopping experience during the state’s Disaster Preparedness sales tax holidays. Let’s take a look at some of the tax-exempt items and we may want for hurricane preparedness.

Take Advantage of the Tax Holidays:
Florida offers two Disaster Preparedness sales tax holidays to help residents prepare for hurricane season. The first tax holiday runs from May 27 to June 9, while the second opportunity falls between August 26 and September 8. During these periods, you can purchase essential household goods without paying sales tax, saving you money on items you’ll need for the hurricane season. TBT

Tax-Exempt Items:
The tax exemptions cover a wide range of household goods and supplies necessary for hurricane preparedness. Some of the items include:

  • 1. Pet Food:

    Stock up on food for your furry friends to ensure they have enough nutrition during an emergency.

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  • 2. Household Cleaners:

    Keep your home clean and safe with tax-free purchases of cleaning supplies.

  • 3. Batteries:

    Power outages are common during hurricanes, so make sure you have a supply of batteries for flashlights and other essential devices.

  • 4. Trash Bags:

    These are handy for waste disposal when regular services may be disrupted.

  • 5. Flashlights:

    Invest in reliable flashlights to navigate through power outages and darkened areas.


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  • 6. Fire extinguishers:

    Ensure the safety of your home and loved ones by having fire extinguishers within reach.

  • 7. Portable Or Installed Power Generators:

    In case of prolonged power outages, a generator can provide electricity for essential appliances.

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  • Essential Supplies for Hurricane Preparedness:

    Aside from the tax-exempt items, it’s important to have additional supplies on hand to stay safe during a hurricane. The Florida Division of Emergency Management recommends the following:

  • 8. Food and Water:

    Maintain at least seven days’ worth of non-perishable food and water for every family member, including pets.

  • 9. Prescription Medication:

    Ensure you have a sufficient supply of medications for at least 30 days.


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  • 10. First Aid Kits:

    Have a well-stocked first aid kit that includes bandages, antiseptics, and necessary medications.

  • 11. Dust Masks:

    Protect yourself from debris and dust by having dust masks readily available.

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  • 12. Portable Power Banks:

    Keep your devices charged and connected during power outages with portable power banks.

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