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Tax-free week for hurricane season starts Friday, ends June 6. Here’s what you can buy.

Make sure you have all hurricane supplies you need

The National Weather Service recommends to have these things handy during a hurricane.
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The National Weather Service recommends to have these things handy during a hurricane.

Hurricane season in Florida, generally defined as the six months from June 1 through Nov. 30, might easily be considered the most turbulent time of the year.

When lawmakers approved a $121 million tax break package at the end of the legislative season, they also approved a tax “holiday” that overlaps with the start of the stormy season, in which several hurricane preparedness supplies won’t be subject to a sales tax.

For those who need to stock up on disaster supplies like a generator, batteries or tarps, the 2019 tax “holiday” extends from Friday, May 31, to midnight June 6.

The weeklong exemption on sales taxes on hurricane supplies includes:

Portable self-powered light sources, like flashlights, selling for $20 or less

Portable self-powered radios, including two-way radios or weather-band radios, selling for $50 or less

Tarps, other waterproof sheets, ground anchors or ties, also for $50 or less

Gas or diesel fuel tanks that are sold for $25 or less

AA, AAA, C, D, 6-volt or 9-volt batteries sold for $30 or less (car and boat batteries are excluded)

Non-electric coolers up to $30

Portable generators sold for $750 or less

Reusable ice sold for $10 or less

Lawmakers also approved a back-to-school sales tax “holiday” in early August that exempts some purchases of clothes, shoes, computers and various school supplies from sales taxes as well.

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