Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

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Now is the time to stock up on your hurricane preparedness items.

With the first named storm hitting The Sunshine State today, it goes without saying that Florida is in the midst of hurricane season. Fortunately, the state is taking steps to help residents prepare for the possibility of a storm. One of those steps is a second disaster-prep tax-free holiday, which is currently taking place from August 26 to September 8, 2023. If you missed the first sales tax holiday offered earlier this summer, this is your chance to stock up on hurricane season essentials. As we head into the most active hurricane month of the year, you may want to take advantage of this tax holiday.

Common items exempt from sales tax

  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Generators
  • Ice chests
  • Non-electric food coolers
  • Portable radios
  • Solar-powered lights
  • Tarps
  • Weather radios

For a full list breakdown, click here.

Additional things to keep in mind

  • The items must be purchased in Florida.
  • The items must be for personal use, not for resale.
  • The items must be purchased from a participating retailer.
  • The sales tax exemption applies to the sales tax rate of 6%.


The disaster-prep tax holiday is a valuable resource for Florida residents. By taking advantage of this opportunity, you can not only help ensure that you are prepared for any disaster that may strike, but also save some money as well. As a reminder, the time to prepare for a hurricane is when you are not under an immediate threat of a storm’s landfall. Waiting until the last minute will likely result in many items being out of stock, long lines at the stores, and a heightened level of frustration.

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By natasha moore

REALTOR® with Live South Florida Realty, Inc.