Gov. Scott announces sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies

Governor Rick Scott announced a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies as of part his 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” in the following press release Monday:

The proposed sales tax holiday will begin June 1 and run through June 14, 2014, and will cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items that are essential to building a disaster supply kit.

Governor Scott said, “This 15-day sales tax holiday will help Florida families prepare for hurricane season and let them keep more than $20 million. This tax holiday will allow families to better protect and safeguard their homes during a storm.”

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and to GET A PLAN!, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. Follow the Florida Department of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FLSERT and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.

Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation said, “Floridians have learned many times that we must always be prepared to be self-reliant in the event of a major storm. A tax break is a great way to make readiness supplies more affordable for families, and the sales tax holiday will be a good opportunity for retailers to help raise awareness of the need for Florida’s residents to be ready for storms and other emergencies.”

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

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