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Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
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Sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies begins Saturday

TBO.com staff

Floridians can avoid paying sales tax on hurricane supplies for nine days, beginning Saturday.

The tax holiday covers puchases such as:

• Reusable ice packs at $10 or less.

• Flashlights priced at $20 or less.

• Tarps or anchor systems priced at $50 or less.

• Coolers and first-aid kits priced at $30 or less.

• Battery packages priced at $30 or less.

• Portable generators priced at $750 or less.

Sales tax is 7 percent of purchase price in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. The general state rate is 6 percent, but many counties add a local surtax.

The hurricane tax holiday is expected to account for about $3.7 million in waived taxes, according to the Florida Retail Federation.

The nine-day period is one of three tax holidays passed by the Legislature this spring. A back-to-school sales tax holiday will run Aug. 1-3, and residents will be able to purchase energy-efficient appliances costing $1,500 or less without sales tax Sept. 19-21.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins Sunday and runs through Nov. 30.

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