Shop for Emergency Supplies Tax-Free in Texas This Weekend
If you plan on doing a little shopping this weekend to stock up on emergency supplies for the severe weather season, get ready to save some money as Texas is set to have a tax-free weekend this Saturday and Sunday.
With the severe weather season upon us, it's important to have the right supplies in case of an emergency. But in doing so, sometimes it can be a little pricey depending on what you need.
Luckily, Texas is here to the rescue.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that Texans can purchase certain items tax-free starting at 12:01 am Saturday, April 23rd and ending at midnight on Monday, April 25th.
“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. This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.” (via Texas Comptroller)
Now, this doesn't mean you can go out and buy everything tax-free. But, there is no limit on the following qualifying items you can buy.
- household batteries
- fuel containers
- Light sources
- Fire Extinguishers
- First aid kits
- hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300
- portable generators priced at less than $3,000
Items That Do Not Qualify
- batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles
- camping stoves and camping supplies
- extension ladders and stepladders
Several over-the-counter self-care items, such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, spray, and wipes, are always exempt from sales tax if they are labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel in accordance with the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.(Texas Comptroller)
So, if you're in need of some emergency supplies to prepare you and your family for the severe weather season, this weekend is the perfect time to get those items tax-free.
You can find out more information on the Texas Comptroller's website.