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Tax-free week is coming soon for hurricane season. Here’s a list of 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 breaks 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 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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