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Governor proposes return of tax holiday
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Gov. Rick Scott
Gov. Rick Scott announced Jan. 27 a 15-day sales tax holiday for hurricane preparedness supplies as of part his 2014-2015 “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget.”

The proposed sales tax holiday would begin June 1 and run through June 14. It would cover hurricane preparation supplies, such as flashlights, batteries, weather radios, and other basic items that are essential to building a disaster supply kit.

Scott said, “This 15-day sales tax holiday will help Florida families prepare for hurricane season and let them keep more than $20 million. This tax holiday will allow families to better protect and safeguard their homes during a storm.”

The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. For more information, visit www.F­lorid­aDisa­ster.­org.

Bryan W. Koon, director of the Florida Director of Emergency Management said, “All Floridians should take this opportunity to restock their disaster supply kits and develop emergency plans for their families and businesses. By taking the time to prepare today, we can work together to save lives and property in the event of a disaster.”

Rick McAllister, president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation said, “Floridians have learned many times that we must always be prepared to be self-reliant in the event of a major storm. A tax break is a great way to make readiness supplies more affordable for families, and the sales tax holiday will be a good opportunity for retailers to help raise awareness of the need for Florida’s residents to be ready for storms and other emergencies.”

David Hart, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber of Commerce said, “Having a plan and being prepared makes all the difference when it comes to weathering a storm in Florida. Governor Scott’s hurricane sales tax holiday will encourage more Floridians to prepare for future storms, and it will go a long way towards ensuring Floridians are safe. Governor Scott’s hurricane sales tax holiday proposal is a win for Florida families and a win for Florida’s small businesses.”

The specific items included in the Sales Tax Holiday include:

• A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less

• A portable self-powered radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less

• A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less

• A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less

• A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less

• A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less

• A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt, or 9-volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less

• A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less

• A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less
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