If you need to stock up on supplies before bad weather hits, this weekend is the best time. The Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday kicks off on Friday, May 29, and runs until June Thursday, June 4. During the sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.
Here’s a list of items that qualify this year:
- Selling for $10 or less: Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)
- Selling for $20 or less: Any portable, self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand crank, or gas): candles, flashlights, lanterns
- Selling for $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
- Selling for $30 or less: Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries): AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt; coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)
- Selling for $50 or less: Bungee cords; ground anchor systems; radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand crank), two-way or weather band; ratchet straps; tarpaulins (tarps), tie-down kits; Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
- Selling for $750 or less: Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in the event of a power outage