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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sales Tax Holiday on Emergency Preparation Supplies, April 23-25

Insider's Report Vol. 10 No. 27

As a result of legislation I supported during the most recent legislative session, Texans will be provided relief from sales tax when preparing for potential severe weather.

Senate Bill 904 enacted a Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Preparation Supplies, which will fall on the weekend of April 23-25 this year.  There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, which include:

batteries, fuel containers, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, nonelectric coolers, tarps, flashlights, phone chargers, and many other supplies priced at less than $75;

•hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and

•portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

A full list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Texas Comptroller's website.  

The Comptroller's office estimates shoppers will save $1.4 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday.  As with other Sales Tax Holidays, shoppers also often enjoy promotional pricing offered by retailers on eligible items resulting in an even greater savings for Texans.

As residents of the Texas coast, it is especially important to be prepared when weather disasters strike.  Be sure to stock up on supplies and remember to support our area businesses by shopping local!