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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Get ready for hurricane season: Disaster preparedness items tax-free through June 9

Another hurricane season has arrived, and Florida residents have an opportunity to save money while stocking up on critical supplies during the 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

The sales tax holiday, which is currently underway and runs through Friday, June 9, offers savings on numerous disaster preparedness items:

  • $10 or less
    • 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 fewer pounds.
  • $30 or less
    • Laundry detergent and supplies; powder, liquid, or pod detergent; fabric softener; dryer sheets; stain removers; and bleach.
    • Toilet paper, paper towels, paper napkins and tissues, and facial tissues.
    • Hand soap, bar soap, and body wash.
    • Sunscreen and sunblock.
    • Dish soap and detergents, including powder, liquid, or pod detergents or rinse agents that can be used in dishwashers.
    • Cleaning or disinfecting wipes and sprays.
    • Hand sanitizer.
    • Trash bags.
  • $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, in the following sizes: AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, and 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 carries.
    • Dog or cat food weighing 50 or fewer pounds.
    • Over-the-counter pet medications.
  • $1,000 or less
    • Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in a power outage.

According to the Florida Department of Revenue, a second sales tax exemption period is also scheduled to take place beginning on Saturday, August 26 through Friday, September 8.

For more information, visit the Florida Department of Revenue’s Disaster Preparedness webpage.