Disaster Preparedness for 2023 Storms
Disaster Preparedness for 2023 Storms- The Seminole County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encou4ages residents to prepare for hurricane season now by purchasing supplies eligible for the upcoming 2023 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.
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The Florida Legislature is expected to pass this annual tax holiday that will last from May 27 to June 9, 2023. Tax-exempt preparedness items include flashlights, batteries, coolers, tarps, generators, pet supplies, and more. A second disaster sales tax holiday is expected from August 26 to September 8, 2023, during peak hurricane season. For a full list of items and more details, visit floridarevenue.com/disasterprep.
Where and When:
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
What is covered?
House Bill 7063 makes the following items exempt from sales tax during the two 14-day periods:
- Self-powered lights of $40 or less.
- Portable self-powered radio, two-way radio or weather-band radio of $50 or less.
- A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting with a sales price of $100 or less.
- An item normally sold as, or generally advertised as, a ground anchor system or tie-down kit with a sales price of $100 or less.
- A gas or diesel fuel tank with a sales price of $50 or less.
- A package of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, with a sales price of $50 or less.
- A nonelectric food storage cooler with a sales price of $60 or less.
- A portable generator used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage with a sales price of $3,000 or less.
- Reusable ice with a sales price of $20 or less.
- A portable power bank with a sales price of $60 or less.
- A smoke detector or smoke alarm with a sales price of $70 or less.
- A fire extinguisher with a sales price of $70 or less.
- A carbon monoxide detector with a sales price of $70 or less.
The tax holidays also include a number of items related to the safe evacuation of household pets. Exempted items include:
- Bags of dry dog food or cat food weighing 50 or fewer pounds with a sales price of $100 or less per bag.
- Cans or pouches of wet dog food or cat food with a sales price of $10 or less per can or pouch or the equivalent if sold in a box or case.
- Over-the-counter pet medications with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
- Portable kennels or pet carriers with a sales price of $100 or less per item.
- Manual can openers with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
- Leashes, collars, and muzzles with a sales price of $20 or less per item.
- Collapsible or travel-sized food bowls or water bowls with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
- Cat litter weighing 25 or fewer pounds with a sales price of $25 or less per item.
- Cat litter pans with a sales price of $15 or less per item.
- Pet waste disposal bags with a sales price of $15 or less per package.
- Pet pads with a sales price of $20 or less per box or package.
- Hamster or rabbit substrate with a sales price of $15 or less per package.
- Pet beds with a sales price of $40 or less per item.
The bill says common household consumable items selling for $30 or less will be exempt from sales taxes.
What are “common household consumable items”? Those include:
- Powder detergent; liquid detergent; or pod detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, stain removers, and bleach.
- Toilet paper.
- Paper towels.
- Paper napkins and tissues.
- Facial tissues.
- Hand soap, bar soap and body wash.
- Sunscreen and sunblock.
- Dish soap and detergents, including powder detergents, liquid detergents, or pod detergents or rinse agents that can be used in dishwashers.
- Cleaning or disinfecting wipes and sprays.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Trash bags.
May 28 – June 10, 2023
August 29 – September 8, 2023
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