2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Hurricane Season begins June 1. The time to prepare is now. 

Beginning Friday, May 28, is the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. During this holiday, which runs through June 6, essential disaster preparedness items will be tax-free. 

Qualifying tax-free items include: 

  • Reusable ice packs ($20 or less)
  • Any portable, self-powered light source - candles, flashlights, lanterns ($40 or less)
  • Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers ($50 or less)
  • Batteries, including rechargeable batteries ($50 or less)
  • Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank) ($50 or less)
  • Coolers and ice chests ($60 or less)
  • Portable power bank ($60 or less)
  • Bungee cords ($100 or less)
  • Ground anchor systems ($100 or less)
  • Ratchet straps ($100 or less)
  • Tarpaulins (tarps) ($100 or less)
  • Tie-down kits ($100 or less)
  • Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting ($100 or less)
  • Portable generators ($1,000 or less)
  • Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
  • Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, and other nonperishable items
  • First aid kits
  • Prescription and nonprescription medications (all Rx and most over-the-counter area exempt) 
  • Baby food and formulas
  • Feminine hygiene products

For more information regarding qualifying items, click here to read the Florida Department of Revenue’s Frequently Asked Questions for Consumers. To download a PDF copy of the Disaster Preparedness list, click here.