Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) encouraged Floridians to purchase disaster preparedness items during Florida’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from Saturday, May 28, to Friday, June 10.
HB 7071, the largest tax relief package in Florida’s history, was signed into law by Governor DeSantis and extended the Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from 10 days to 14 days.
This year, household pet supplies such as pet food, leashes, collars, beds and portable kennels are also included in the list of items eligible to be purchased tax-free.
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.
“Preparing for hurricanes and other natural disasters can be costly, especially with ongoing inflation continuing to impact our nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “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.”
Qualifying disaster preparedness supplies 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.