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Be prepared without paying sales tax
If you’ve been waiting for a good time to stock up on batteries or to invest in a generator, the next few days may be it.
From May 25 through 31, consumers can purchase hurricane preparedness items without paying sales tax. The following items, worth $60 or less, are exempt:
- Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice
- Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), including AAA, AA, C, D, 6 volt, 9 volt and cell phone batteries
- Any portable self-powered light sources including flashlights, lanterns and glow sticks
- Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
- Bungee cords, rope
- Ground anchor systems or tie down kits
- Ratchet straps
- Duct tape
- Carbon monoxide detectors
- Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
- Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers
- Water storage containers
- Nonelectric food storage coolers
- Bottled water
- Manual can openers
- Portable self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability); two-way radios, weather band radios and NOAA weather radios
- Cell phone chargers
- First aid kits
Portable generators and generator power cords, along with inverters and inverter power cables, can be purchased without tax if they cost $1,000 or less.
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