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Stock up on emergency supplies during tax-free weekend

Posted April 21, 2017

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First aid kits are among the dozens of items that can be purchased tax-free this weekend.

You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax-free during the 2017 emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. April 22 and ends at midnight April 24.

These emergency preparedness supplies qualify for tax exemption:

Less than $3,000

  • Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Hurricane shutters
  • Emergency ladders

Less than $75

  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6-volt or 9-volt)
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Axes
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
  • Nonelectric can openers
  • Portable self-powered light sources (hand-cranked flashlights)
  • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
  • Reusable and artificial ice products
  • Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide 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
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

To learn more, call 1-800-252-5555 or visit the Texas State Comptroller’s website.

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