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Texas Sales Tax Holiday For Emergency Supplies, April 24-26

With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday. The sale is for emergency preparation supplies, which begins at 12:01 am on Saturday, April 24, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 26.

“While we can’t know when the next flood, tornado, or hurricane may strike, we can make sure our families, homes, and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergencies.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which the Texas Legislature approved in 2015.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

  • Household batteries, fuel containers, and flashlights priced at less than $75;
  • Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and
  • Portable generators priced less than $3,000

For purchases made online, note that delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax-free during the holiday.

For example, if you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, the total sales price is $309. Because the ladder’s total sales price is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

Several over-the-counter self-care items, such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, spray, and wipes, are always exempt from sales tax if labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel by federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.

Purchases that do not qualify:

  • Batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves and camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders and stepladders; and
  • Tents

You can find a list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free on the Comptroller’s website.