Sales tax holiday on emergency goods this week

With the potential for severe weather already upon us this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies 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,” he added.

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

Less than $3,000

• Portable generators.

Less than $300

• Emergency ladders.

• Hurricane shutters.

Less than $75

• Axes.

• Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt).

• Can openers, nonelectric.

• Carbon monoxide detectors.

• Coolers and ice chests for food storage, nonelectric.

• Fire extinguishers.

• First aid kits.

• Fuel containers.

• Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits.

• Hatchets.

• Ice products, reusable.

• Artificial Light sources, portable self-powered (including battery operated). Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns.

• Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers.

• Radios, portable self-powered (including battery operated), includes two-way and weather band radios.

• Smoke detectors Tarps and other plastic sheeting.

DELIVERY—Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price.

If the emergency preparation supply being 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, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309.

Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

INELIGIBLE—Purchases that do not qualify for the sales tax holiday include:

• Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles.

• Camping stoves.

• Camping supplies.

• Chainsaws.

• Plywood.

• Extension ladders.

• Stepladders.

• Tents.

• Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies.

• Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.

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.

For more information, contact the Comptroller’s, website, www.comptroller., or call 1-800- 252-5555.

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