But the good news is there is a tax holiday this weekend for emergency supplies.
It starts at midnight Saturday morning and ends at midnight Monday. 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.
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Less than $3,000: Portable generators
Less than $300:
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Less than $75
Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
First aid kits
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
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These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:
Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies
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Now please note, shipping or delivery charges are part of the sales price and are also taxable. You may want to think about these charges during the tax-free holiday.
For more information, check out the Texas Comptroller's website.