Emergency Preparedness Supplies Tax Free Weekend, April 28-30

In order to be prepared for the upcoming Hurricane Season, or for any disaster, the weekend of April 28-30, 2018 has been designated as an Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. The tax-free holiday runs from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and ends at midnight on Monday, April 30, 2018. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase and you do not need a tax exemption certificate.

The following emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption:

Less than $3,000

  • Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Less than $75

  • Axes
  • Batteries, single or multipack
  • Can openers – nonelectric
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products – reusable and artificial
  • Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
  • Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
  • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

The following supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price

Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

Click the link below to view the Tax Free Weekend flyer:

Emergency Prep Supplies – Tax Free Weekend 2018 (English and Spanish)