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Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday

Sales tax weekend runs April 23-25, 2016



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    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."

    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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