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Sales tax holiday on hurricane supplies begins Saturday

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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