We all witnessed the unpredictable weather this year – including
storms that left inches of snow on the ground and the kids out of school for
days at a time. I’m so thankful that I stocked up on much-needed emergency
items last year because they were a lifesaver for me and my family.
As a reminder, over the next two weeks, 3 states will be
having tax-free sales on hurricane and emergency preparedness equipment. If you
are a resident of Louisiana, Virginia, or Florida, make sure you take advantage
… the details are below!
Louisiana: May 24-25
This Saturday & Sunday, the first $1,500 of authorized
purchases are exempt from the state’s 4% sales tax. Items available for
purchase include: portable self-powered light source; portable, two-way, and
weather band radios; ground anchor systems or tie-down kits; gas or diesel fuel
tanks; batteries (excluding car and boat
batteries); cell phone batteries and chargers; non-electric food storage
coolers; generators; carbon monoxide detectors; blue ice products; storm
shutters; tarpaulin and other flexible waterproof sheeting.
Virginia: May 25-31
All week long, Virginia residents can avoid the 5.3% sales
tax on emergency items costing no more than $60 each. These items include but
are not limited to: ice packs; batteries; flashlights; lanterns; glow sticks;
portable, two-way, and weather band radios; bungee cords and rope; ground
anchor systems or tie-down kits; tarpaulin and other flexible waterproof
sheeting; bottled water; can openers; food and water storage containers; cell
phone batteries and chargers; smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Generators costing $1,000 or less, chain saws costing $350 or less, and chain
saw accessories costing $60 or less are also tax free.
Florida: May 31- June 8
Enacted just this year, Floridians can avoid sales tax on certain items, including:
- ice packs $10 or less;
- flashlights, lanterns, and candles $20 or less;
- gas or diesel fuel containers $25 or less;
- batteries, first-aid kits, ice chests, and
coolers $30 or less;
- ground anchor systems, tie-down kits, tarpaulin
and other sheeting, and radios $50 or less;
- generators $750 or less.
FYI: Alabama also observes this tax holiday and has
announced the 2015 dates of February 20-22.
It’s important to have an emergency kit in the event of
severe storms or other natural disasters. Stock up on your emergency items now,
avoid the taxes, and have peace of mind in knowing that you will be prepared
for anything coming your way!
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