Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday

Sales tax weekend runs April 23-25, 2016

Just like you can buy energy efficient appliances tax-free one weekend a year, you can also prepare for emergencies with this weekend's sales tax holiday.

The Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday runs from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 23 to midnight on Monday, April 25.

Texans are projected to save $1.4 million in state and local sales taxes during the holiday according to the governor's office.

"The storm system currently moving through the State of Texas is a powerful reminder of the important role early preparation plays in protecting Texans from the effects of severe weather," said Governor Abbott saod Thursday. "I applaud the legislature for approving this vital tax relief for Texas families and urge all Texans to take advantage of this weekend’s tax holiday so they can be prepared for any and all severe weather."

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You can purchase certain emergency supplies tax free and there's no limit on the number of items you purchase.

The following supplies qualify for tax exemption:

Less than $3000
Portable generators

Less than $300
Hurricane shutters
Emergency ladders

Less than $75

Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
First aid kits
Fuel containers
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
Nonelectric can openers
Portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights)
Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
Reusable and artificial ice products
Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors
Tarps and other plastic sheeting

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Camping stoves
Camping supplies
Extension ladders
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

The Texas Comptroller's office has more information on its website (CLICK HERE).

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