Texans to save money during sales tax holiday for emergency preparation April 22-24


With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding Texans they can purchase certain items tax free during the state’s Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Preparation Supplies, to be held Saturday through Monday, April 22-24.

“Unfortunately, we can’t predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike,” Hegar said. “But, we can be prepared, and this tax holiday helps Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations before they happen."

There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase during the event, including batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75; hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify as tax exempt for the Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Preparation Supplies include batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves and camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders and stepladders; and tents.

The Comptroller's office estimates shoppers will save $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller's website, https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php.


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