EMERGENCY SUPPLIES TAX-FREE THIS WEEKEND IN TEXAS

After several bouts with spring storms already, it can be hard to focus on what you need to do to prepare for hurricane season.

The good news is there is a tax holiday coming up for emergency supplies. It is from Saturday, April 22- Monday, April 24.

A variety of items are eligible for the tax-free holiday, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can purchase.

Here are the supplies which qualify for tax exemption:

Less than $3,000: 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
Hatchets
Axes
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
Chainsaws
Plywood
Extension ladders
Stepladders
Tents
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Now please note, shipping or delivery charges are part of the sales price and are also taxable. If the delivery charge exceeds the tax-free limit, you will owe tax on the item. You may want to think about these charges during the tax-free holiday.

For more information, check out the Texas Comptroller’s website.

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