TAMPA (FOX 13) -
Florida’s tax man will not take a cut when you are stocking your hurricane kit -- at least temporarily.
Storm supplies are tax-free between May 31 and June 8.
Certain restrictions apply to the items and their maximum cost. According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the following essentials are eligible for the temporary tax break:
Flashlights ($20 or less)
Two-way radios ($50 or less)
Weather radios ($50 or less)
Coolers ($30 or less)
Generators ($750 or less)
Reusable ice packs ($10 or less)
Fuel tanks ($25 or less)
Batteries (AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt $30 or less)
Tarps/waterproof sheeting ($50 or less)
First aid kits ($30 or less)
Tie-down/ground anchor system ($50 or less)
Although a vital part of everyone’s hurricane kit, water is not part of the state’s tax-free list. This is because bottled water is already non-taxable in Florida.
Many non-perishable foods are exempt from sales tax. However, certain snack foods are taxable – even if it is intended for a hurricane kit.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s official forecast predicts eight to 13 named storms, three to six hurricanes, and one to two major hurricanes.
“A near-normal or below-normal hurricane season is likely this year,” the Climate Prediction Center forecast said.
But as FOX 13's Paul Dellegatto is fond of saying, it only takes one storm to make it a bad season -- if it hits you.