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Disaster preparation tax 'holiday' proposed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A Senate Republican filed a proposal Tuesday that would allow shoppers to buy disaster-preparedness supplies in early June without paying sales taxes.

The bill (SB 620), filed by Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, would lead to a tax “holiday” on the supplies from June 1 through June 10.

That would correspond with the June 1 start of the 2018 hurricane season.

Under the proposal, shoppers would be able to avoid paying sales taxes on a wide range of supplies, such as portable generators that cost $1,000 or less; storm shutters that cost $200 or less; tarps or waterproof sheeting that cost $50 or less; and packages of batteries that cost $30 or less.

The bill, filed for the 2018 legislative session, does not indicate how much it would cost the state in lost tax revenues.