If your business sells items like batteries, flashlights, generators, or coolers, you need to be aware of the upcoming Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.  For 3 days in early June, certain items will be exempt from the state sales tax if they meet certain price restrictions.

All day June 2nd through June 4th, the sale of the following items will be exempt from the state sales tax:

  • Selling for $10 or less:

Reusable ice packs

  • Selling for $20 or less:

Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank or gas), such as flashlights, lanterns and candles

  • Selling for $25 or less:

Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

  • Selling for $30 or less:

Batteries (excluding car and boat), including rechargeable batteries (sizes AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, and 9-volt)

Coolers and ice chests (food storage; nonelectrical)

  • Selling for $50 or less:

Tarps, visqueen or plastic sheeting, ground anchor systems, tie-down kits, bungee cords, ratchet straps, two-way or weather band radios powered by battery, solar or hand-crank

  • Selling for $750 or less:

Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage

  • First-aid kits (always exempt)

Click here to download a Taxpayer Information Publication issued by the Florida Department of Revenue that contains the above list and answers commonly-asked questions about this tax-free holiday.  If you have questions, you can call the Department of Revenue’s toll-free Taxpayer Services line at 800-352-3671.