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.
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Here are the supplies which qualify for tax exemption:
Less than $3,000: Portable generators
Less than $300:
- Hurricane shutters
- Emergency ladders
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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
- 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
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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
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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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