Do you have an Emergency Preparedness Kit in your home right now? If not, this is the weekend to stock up on items you may need in an emergency. Emergency supplies are TAX FREE this weekend in Texas.

KXAN reports Texas Comptroller Glen Hagar reminds residents that it is the time of year in Texas when many southern counties are preparing for hurricane season. This makes mid April a good time for the rest of the state to evaluate emergency supply needs. The Tax Free day continues until midnight tonight. lists the following emergency preparation supplies that 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


Comptroller.Texas.Org also lists the following items that are NOT part of the Tax exemption.

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

More info on the Tax Free weekend can be found on the Comptroller website.

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