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How you can stock up on severe weather supplies, tax-free

It includes things like household batteries, smoke detectors and even generators.

TEXAS, USA — Starting at midnight Saturday, you can save money and stock up on severe weather supplies.

The event will continue through midnight Monday. You can get certain severe weather items tax-free. It includes things like household batteries, smoke detectors and even generators.

As long as those generators are under $3,000. Find all the information you need from the State of Texas below.                                                     

2021 Texas Emergency Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday


Prepare yourself during the 2021 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday for emergencies that can cause damage like hurricanes, flash floods and wildfires. You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the sales tax holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to give an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.  

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 26.

Online orders are included in the sales tax holiday.     

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:                                

Less than $3000
Portable generators                      

Less than $300
Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters              

Less than $75
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
Ice products - reusable and 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                        

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