Deal Alert: Save on Emergency Supplies During Texas' Tax-Free Weekend

Deal Alert: Save on Emergency Supplies During Texas' Tax-Free Weekend

April 24 2024

As we prepared to enter into severe weather season, residents are urged to take advantage of the forthcoming sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. Running from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, until midnight on Monday, April 29, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans of the importance of being prepared.

"Fires, tornadoes and other severe weather conditions can strike at any time, so it is crucial for families, homes, and businesses to have the necessary supplies in case of emergencies," Hegar said. "There is no sense in waiting for disaster to occur. I’m encouraging Texans to take advantage of this tax holiday to save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The Texas Legislature approved the tax holiday in 2015. The Comptroller’s office estimates that shoppers will save approximately $2.1 million in state and local sales taxes during this period.

There are no limits on the quantity of eligible items one can purchase. These items include the following:

  • Household batteries
  • Fuel containers and flashlights priced under $75
  • Emergency ladders and hurricane shutters priced under $300
  • Portable generators priced under $3,000.

However, it's important to factor in delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges when making online purchases because they are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being bought is taxable, the delivery charge will also be taxable.

(Source: Texas Comptroller)

Certain purchases, such as batteries for automobiles and boats, camping stoves and supplies, chainsaws, plywood, extension ladders, stepladders, and tents, do not qualify.

For more information and a complete list of tax-free emergency preparation supplies, visit the Comptroller’s website here.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek, authorTiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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