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Save money this weekend, and prepare for emergencies

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April 23, 2019
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Texas’ annual Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday is April 27-29


AUSTIN, Texas — This weekend is a great time to complete your emergency kit and gather other supplies you may need for the upcoming hurricane season, because Texas will waive the sales tax on many of those items.


One weekend each spring, the state holds a tax holiday to help Texans prepare for emergencies. This year’s holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and end at midnight on Monday night, April 29.


Among the items available with no sales tax are portable generators priced under $3,000 and hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced under $300.


Available items under $75 include radios, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, coolers, ice chests, plastic sheeting, batteries for portable electronics, and cell phone batteries and chargers.  


See the full list of tax-exempt items on the Texas Comptroller’s Office website at


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There is no limit on the number of eligible items you can buy during the tax holiday, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate. Delivery fees, however, are considered part of the sale price: If shipping costs push an item’s total price over the pre-set limit, sales tax must be paid on the full amount. 


Car batteries, camping equipment, chainsaws and replacement parts for emergency supplies are among the items that are not tax-exempt April 27-29.


For more information, contact the Texas Comptroller’s Office at 800-252-5555 or


For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at, Facebook at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at

Last Updated: 
April 23, 2019 - 16:16