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Floridians encouraged to stock up on supplies during Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Posted at 6:28 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 18:28:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Items like flashlights and batteries are tax free for the next week for the State of Florida's Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday, giving people an opportunity to stock up for storms for a little less before it's too late.

"I think we're all kind of guilty of waiting until the last minute," said Jay Fanguy, the owner of Apalachee Ace Hardware.

Hurricane season officially starts June 1, but Fanguy wants people to know now is the time to get ready.

"Whether it's tarps, or batteries and flashlights, or drinking water, or things of that nature that they might need," Fanguy said.

For the next week items like tarps, ropes, and even coolers are tax free so Floridians can replenish their hurricane supplies.

"Maybe the generator they'd like to have would be available and if it's not, they still have time to buy it, order and bring it in and still benefit from the tax exempt status," Fanguy said.

There is time to prepare and it's the perfect time to do it.

"It's a good program for the community," said Fanguy. "And we're pleased to participate in it to support the communities that we're part of also."

The tax free holiday ends on June 4 and applies to brick and mortar as well internet order businesses. For a full list of eligible items, click here.