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This Weekend Is Emergency Tax-Free Weekend

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.


An emergency tax-free weekend begins at midnight Saturday morning and ends at midnight on Monday.

“The severe weather, fire and flooding we had last year provided a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for any emergency,” said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar in an emailed statement. “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need if disaster strikes.”

The Texas Comptroller’s Office says the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday waives sales taxes on things like: tools, first aid kits and phone chargers.

Qualified for tax exemption:

  • Less than $3000
    • Portable generators
  • Less than $300
    • Hurricane shutters
    • Emergency ladders
  • Less than $75
    • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
    • First aid kits
    • Fuel containers
    • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
    • Hatchets
    • Axes
    • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
    • Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
    • Nonelectric can openers
    • Portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights)
    • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
    • Reusable and artificial ice products
    • Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

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