As we enter severe weather season, a break in the cost of materials and supplies for emergencies is here.
The Texas State Comptroller’s office has scheduled a sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies Saturday through Monday, April 23 through 25.
The holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ends at midnight on Monday.
During this period, certain items can be purchased tax-free.
“Whether it’s fires, freezing temperatures or tornadoes, severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is important that families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” said Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller general. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”
The comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local taxes during the tax holiday.
There is no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased tax-free.
These items include household batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced less than $75; hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced less than $300 and portable generators priced less than $3,000.
For purchases made on- line, note that delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation item being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation item can be purchased tax-free during the holiday.
Some items do not qualify for the sales tax exemption.
These include: automobile, boat and other motorized vehicle batteries; camping stoves, camping supplies, chainsaws, plywood, extension ladders, stepladders, tents, repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies and services performed on or related to emergency preparation supplies.
For more information and a list of eligible emergency preparation supplies, go to comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php.