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Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 28

By Staff | May 26, 2022

Florida’s 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 28 and runs through June 10.

Consumers can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies exempt from tax during the expanded tax holiday passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters can be costly, especially with ongoing inflation continuing to impact our nation,” DeSantis said. “This year, the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday has been extended to a full two weeks to ensure Floridians are receiving the maximum amount of savings and have enough time to prepare for hurricane season.”

Jim Zingale, executive director of the Florida Department of Revenue, took a similar view.

“Hurricane season can be a trying time, but preparing in advance for disasters is the best way to stay safe,” he said in a prepared statement. “The 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday helps families stock up on essentials while saving money.”

Qualifying items include:

• Pet leashes, collars, muzzles and pads costing $20 or less;

• Flashlights, lanterns and pet beds costing $40 or less;

• Batteries and weather radios costing $50 or less;

• Smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers costing $70 or less;

• Tarps and portable pet kennels costing $100 or less; and

• Generators costing $1,000 or less.

Floridians are expected to save $25.6 million on the purchase of tax-free items such as flashlights, radios, tarps, batteries and fire extinguishers. This is more than double compared to the $10.5 million Floridians saved during the 2021 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, officials said.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. The sales tax holiday also does not apply to sales at a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

The department has created a 2022 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday webpage with information and promotional materials for consumers, businesses, and other interested parties. it may be found at ffloridarevenue.com/disasterprep.