Get ready for the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday

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Anyone looking to stock up on emergency supplies will be able to buy certain items without paying sales tax at the end of April.

April 28-30 is the 2018 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, where people can buy an unlimited amount of certain items as long as the prices don’t exceed a specific amount.

People need to keep in mind shipping, handling and transportation items factor into this cost.

Here’s a list of what qualifies:

Less than $3000

Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Less than $75

  • Axes
  • Batteries
  • Non-electric can openers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Coolers and ice chests for food storage 
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products
  • Light sources that are portable and self-powered
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Radios that are portable and self-powered
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

People will still have to pay tax on vehicle batteries, camping stoves, camping supplies, chainsaws, plywood, extension ladders, stepladders, tents, repair/replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies and services on emergency preparation supplies. More information can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website.

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