Florida’s hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday starts June 1

Florida’s hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday starts June 1

Select hurricane preparedness items will be tax free for two weeks starting June 1. Image via Shutterstock/Skylines.

By Crystal Harlan

May 30, 2024

Forecasters have predicted a very busy hurricane season, with 20 to 25 named storms.

Are you ready for hurricane season? If not, now is the time to prepare and save money. 

A 14-day sales tax holiday on storm-related items starts June 1, the first day of hurricane season, and runs through June 14.

A second tax holiday for the same items will be held for 14 days starting Aug. 24, ahead of the mid-September peak of the season.

Forecasters have predicted a very busy hurricane season, using qualifiers such as “explosive” and “turbulent.”  Accuweather has predicted 20 to 25 named storms for this season.

These are the items that will be exempt from sales tax:

$10 or less
Wet dog or cat food if sold individually or the equivalent if sold in a box or case

$15 or less
Manual can openers
Collapsible or travel-sized food or water bowls for pets
Cat litter pans
Pet waste disposal bags
Hamster or rabbit substrate

$20 or less
Reusable ice
Leashes, collars, and muzzles for pets
Pet pads

$25 or less
Cat litter weighing 25 pounds or less

$40 or less
Portable self-powered light sources
Pet beds

$50 or less
Portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather-band radios
Gas or diesel fuel tanks
Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, 9-volt)

$60 or less
Nonelectric food storage coolers
Portable power banks

$70 or less
Smoke detectors or smoke alarms
Fire extinguishers
Carbon monoxide detectors

$100 or less
Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor systems
Portable pet kennels or pet carriers
Dry dog or cat food weighing 50 or fewer pounds
Over-the-counter pet medications

$3,000 or less
Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in a power outage.


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  • Crystal Harlan

    Crystal is a bilingual editor and writer with over 20 years of experience in digital and print media. She is currently based in Florida, but has lived in small towns in the Midwest, Caracas, New York City, and Madrid, where she earned her MA in Spanish literature.

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