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Rick Scott Approves Tax Holiday for Hurricane Supplies

Floridians who go out and purchase hurricane supplies can expect not to pay any sales tax, thanks to Rick Scott signing the hurricane tax-holiday bill, HB 5601, on Monday.

The tax holiday means that things like batteries, generators, radios, tarps, and first-aid kits will be sales-tax-free during hurricane season, which begins June 1.

The hurricane tax holiday will run from May 31 to June 8.

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Scott signed the bill Monday morning in Orlando after addressing the Governor's Hurricane Conference at the Orange County Convention Center.

"We know we have to be prepared for hurricanes," Scott said per Sunshine State News. "Hopefully we won't have them this year, but if we do, you know from May 31 to June 8, you're not going to pay sales tax."

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Scott also mentioned recent flooding in Pensacola, emphasizing a need to be prepared.

"I flew to Pensacola right after the flooding happened, and it was devastating," he said. "Families didn't anticipate it coming."

The hurricane tax holiday is part of Scott's plan to give Floridians tax breaks, along with a back-to-school sales tax holiday and energy-efficient purchases holiday. Scott announced his desire for a holiday back in January, initially saying the holiday would save Floridians about $20 million.

On Monday, he said the holiday "puts $121 million back in Florida families' pockets."

Among some of the purchases where Floridians will get a sales tax break include gas or diesel fuel tanks selling for $25 or less, nonelectric food storage coolers, and portable generators priced $750 or less.

There will also be sales tax breaks on tie-down kits selling for $50 or less, AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, six-volt, or nine-volt batteries selling for $30 or less, and self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather band radios selling for $50 or less.

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