Tax-Free Weekend For Emergency Preparation Supplies

With hurricane season approaching, Texas Comptroller, Glen Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies without any taxes.

The state of Texas has a preparedness sales tax free weekend, that just happens to be this weekend.
It’s a perfect time for families and people that are getting ready to put a disaster supply kit together, or maybe have just moved down to the area and realize that there’s a few things that they need to have ready.

If you need batteries, flash lights, tarps, stakes for your tents, etc...a lot of those things are what you’re going to find to be tax free over the weekend.

It’s also important to start making an emergency kit with items that are important to someone’s health, like medications. Try to have medicines for at least 14 to 21 days.

The tax free weekend will begin on Saturday, April 22, and end at midnight on Monday, April 24.

Below is a list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax free this weekend. These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price. Click or tap the heading to view content.

> Less than $3000

Portable generators

> Less than $300

Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters

> Less than $75

Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
Can openers – nonelectric
Carbon monoxide detectors
Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
Fire extinguishers
First aid kits
Fuel containers
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Ice products – reusable and artificial
Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Radios – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – includes two-way and weather band radios
Smoke detectors
Tarps and other plastic sheeting

> 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

> Additional Details

Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable.

Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.