Texas Sales Tax Holiday Weekend For Emergency Supplies

This severe weather season, Texans are being reminded by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar that they have the opportunity to buy certain items without paying sales tax during the state's sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies.
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This severe weather season, Texans are being reminded by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar that they have the opportunity to buy certain items without paying sales tax during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. This tax-free window starts at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and concludes at midnight on Monday.

“Fires, tornadoes, and other severe weather conditions can occur unexpectedly, so it’s crucial for families, homes, and businesses to be equipped with necessary supplies to tackle these emergencies,” Hegar emphasized. “Rather than waiting for a disaster to strike, I urge Texans to seize this tax holiday as a chance to save money while preparing for unforeseen situations.”

The Comptroller’s office predicts that shoppers will collectively save around $2.1 million in state and local sales taxes during this tax holiday, which was established by the Texas Legislature back in 2015.

There’s no restriction on the quantity of qualifying items one can buy. These include:

– Household batteries, fuel containers, and flashlights priced below $75

– Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced below $300

– Portable generators priced below $3,000

For online purchases, it’s important to note that delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are considered part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being bought is taxable, then the delivery charge is also taxable. Shoppers should consider these charges when determining whether an item can be purchased tax-free during the holiday.

For instance, if you buy an emergency ladder online for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, the total sales price becomes $309. Since the total sales price exceeds $300, tax is applicable on the $309 sales price.

Items that do not qualify for tax exemption include:

– Batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles

– Camping stoves and camping supplies

– Chainsaws

– Plywood

– Extension ladders and stepladders

– Tents

A comprehensive list of emergency preparation supplies eligible for tax exemption can be found on the Comptroller’s website.