The 2017 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017. During this holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax.

The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment, or airport. Click here to download the entire Tax Free Supplies List Here.

The key to hurricane season safety is being prepared. Kissimmee Utility Authority has already released its 2017 Osceola Hurricane Handbook. You can view the handbook here online, download it at KUA.COM or pick one up in the Kissimmee Utility Authority lobby in Kissimmee in mid-June. The handbook is free and has lots of information about being prepared for a storm should there become a threat to Osceola County!

Here’s more information about qualified items that will be tax-free.

Selling for $10 or less: Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

Selling for $20 or less: Any portable self-powered light source (powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas):
 Flashlights  Lanterns  Candles

Selling for $25 or less: Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers

Selling for $30 or less: Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only (excluding automobile and boat batteries):
 AA-cell  C-cell  D-cell  6-volt  9-volt – Coolers and ice chests (food-storage; nonelectrical)

Selling for $50 or less: Tarpaulins (tarps)
Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor systems
Tie-down kits
Bungee cords
Ratchet straps- Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
 Two-way  Weather band

Selling for $750 or less: Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outage.

First-aid kits (always exempt)

Note: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even though they may have electrical cords.