AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott is reminding all Texans that they will be able to purchase emergency preparation supplies tax free this weekend. During the 84th Legislative Session, Governor Abbott signed SB 904 into law, allowing for sales tax exemptions on emergency supplies from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd until midnight on Monday, April 25th. Texans are projected to save $1.4 million in state and local sales taxes during the holiday.
“The storm system currently moving through the State of Texas is a powerful reminder of the important role early preparation plays in protecting Texans from the effects of severe weather,” said Governor Abbott. “I applaud the legislature for approving this vital tax relief for Texas families and urge all Texans to take advantage of this weekend’s tax holiday so they can be prepared for any and all severe weather.”
SB 904 provides a temporary sales and use tax exemption for certain emergency preparation items sold during a three-day period beginning April 23rd and ending April 25th.
Items that qualify for the exemption include certain portable generators, hurricane shutters, ladders, portable self-powered light sources, fuel containers, radios, batteries, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and first aid kits.
For a list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free, visit the Comptroller’s website.