PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - The researchers at the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University say that the 2013 hurricane season will be more active than usual, with nine hurricanes, four being major hurricanes. Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them, and they need to prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted,
Atlantic Hurricane Season begins on June 1 and continues until November 30. Now is the perfect time to start preparing your family and home. It's smart to get ready for hurricane and flash flooding season, and it's smart to save money. You can do both starting this weekend.
In 2007 the General Assembly approved a "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday," which has now been extended until 2017. If you have not taken advantage of this opportunity in years past, consider starting.
Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins this Saturday, May 25 and continues until Friday May 31.
Stock up on emergency supplies such as batteries and flashlights, bottled water and coolers, tarps, plastic sheeting and duct tape,smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, portable radios, cell phone chargers, first aid kits, portable generators, and more. These items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax if the item has a selling price less than $60.
Big savings are available if you plan to purchase generators, inverters and accompanying power cords. They are also exempt from Retail Sales and Use Tax as long as the selling price is below $1,000.00.
So make a shopping list and purchase all of your supplies between May 25 and 31, and you won't pay sales tax on many supplies for protecting your home and business. That's a savings of 5 percent! Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday, but you can click here for a complete list of exempt items.
For more information about being prepared for a hurricane, stop by any of the 15 BayPort Credit Union locations across Hampton Roads.
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