As Floridians prepare for the beginning of another Atlantic hurricane season, Florida's retailers are gearing up for the sales tax holiday, which began May 31, on hurricane preparedness items. That means stocking the shelves with the supplies that families will need to have in the event of a disaster.
The Florida Retail Federation is distributing a flier to members with the tax-exempt items, and encourages residents to visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management for more resources to help prepare for hurricane season.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
In 2004, a catastrophic series of four hurricanes caused losses of more than $25 billion in Florida, and in 2005 another series of hurricanes caused nearly $11 billion in losses, according to estimates from the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.
In 2005, 2006 and 2007, the state also conducted sales tax holidays for hurricane supplies.
The 2014 holiday began at 12:01 a.m. May 31 and ends at 11:59 p.m. June 8.
The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:
- A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
- A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
- A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
- A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
- A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
- A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
- A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
- A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
- A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
- Reusable ice selling for $10 or less
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers - the businesses that sell directly to consumers.
Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida's government each year.
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