The third day of the 2019 season and I thought I would mention the tax free hurricane supplies situation in Florida.
I was unable to find any similar tax free program in the other states – Please send me a message if your state has similar program.
Here is a list of what Florida allows this year from May 31 thru June 6, 2019:
- Reusable ice that costs $10 or less
- Self-powered light sources, $20 or less
- Gas or diesel fuel tanks, $25 or less
- Nonelectric food storage coolers, $30 or less
- Packs of AA-cell, AAA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, $30 or less
- Self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather-band radios, $50 or less
- Tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting, $50 or less
- Tie-down kits, $50 or less
- Portable generators, $750 or less
A Frustrating Experience…
On a personal note, I actually went to Home Depot yesterday and happened to seriously look at buying one of those small but handy, multipurpose power stations. The one that I wanted to get was a Blank and Decker model that I runs a little over $100. Great, it is a portable generator, in that it takes the DC energy stored in its internal battery and converts it to 120 volt AC house current.
I had one very similar unit that I recently gave to my son (they also can jump-start a car and have an air compressor too for filling tires).
Well, a very helpful Home Depot employee spent like 15 minutes trying to figure out if it was allowed as tax free. Finally, he could not determine if it was tax free, so I decided to just buy it online later.
But if you need to stock up on smaller items like batteries and flashlights, it is a good deal. You can get these items tax free until June 6th at any store on Florida.