Another Hurricane?!

A Hurricane Tax Holiday - image of hurricane

A Hurricane Tax Holiday.

Many of us remember the wrath of Hurricane Irma last September. It seems like yesterday! It can be tough to face the possibility of another one (already).

Nonetheless, hurricane season starts this Friday.

This might get you in the mood to prepare, though…

Floridians will get a week-long disaster preparedness sales tax holiday. It runs Friday, June 1 to next Thursday, June 7.

Qualifying disaster preparedness items are exempt from sales tax during this period.

What’s a qualifying item? Check the list below from the Florida Department of Revenue to find out:

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 LP gas 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; nonelectrical)

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.

Jeffrey Schneider, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow has the knowledge and expertise to help you reach a favorable outcome with the IRS. He is the head honcho at SFS Tax & Accounting Services as well as the Enrolled Agent and Certified Tax Resolution Specialist for SFS Tax Problem Solutions.
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