Hurricane Preparedness Supplies Are Tax Exempt May 31 – June 6th

2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 31 through June 6, 2019

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The 2019 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 31, 2019, and ends on Thursday, June 6, 2019. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to:

  • the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items.
  • sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport.

Notice to Businesses with Multiple Locations

If you report sales tax for all of your locations on one consolidated tax return, please be sure you notify all of your individual store locations about this sales tax holiday and the specific provisions in this publication. A list of qualifying items and a copy of this publication are available on the Department’s website at

Qualifying Items

 Selling for $10 or less:

  • Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less:

Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas):

  • Candles
  • Flashlights
  • Lanterns

Selling for $25 or less:

  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LPgas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less:

  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):
    • AAA-cell
    • AA-cell
    • C-cell
    • D-cell
    • 6-volt
    • 9-volt
  • Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; non-electrical)

Selling for $50 or less:

  • Bungee cords
  • Ground anchor systems
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
  • Two-way
  • Weather band
  • Ratchet Straps
  • Tarpaulins (tarps)
  • Tie-down kits
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

Selling for $750 or less:

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

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are also included.

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