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It’s hurricane season – and time to pick up tax-free storm supplies this weekend

Norma Riverol rings up the hurricane supplies that Leonard Kaul is buying at Home Depot on August 24, 2012 in Seminole, Florida.
Norma Riverol rings up the hurricane supplies that Leonard Kaul is buying at Home Depot on August 24, 2012 in Seminole, Florida. Getty Images/File 2012

Hurricane season is back, and Florida shoppers will be able to stock up on supplies without paying a sales tax this weekend.

A disaster preparedness sales tax holiday, approved by the Florida Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Scott last week, offers a tax cut on storm supplies up to a certain price, including portable self-powered lights under $20, qualifying batteries under $30, and generators less than $750. First-aid kits are included on the list, but are already tax-exempt.

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The sales tax holiday does not include repairing or renting any of the qualifying items. And water is not on the list.

The tax-free period starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The full list of items also includes tarpaulins, tie-down kits and ground anchor systems.

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