Emergency supplies tax-free this weekend in Texas

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Emergency supplies sales tax holiday items (KTRK)

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.

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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
  • 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

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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

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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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