Texas’ 2023 sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies starts Saturday

A variety of supplies, including first-aid kits, flashlights and portable generators and radios, can be purchased tax-free this weekend across Texas.


Emergency preparation supplies such as first-aid kits can be purchased tax-free in Texas this weekend.

Another natural disaster will hit the Houston area, which in recent years has seen widespread flooding, prolonged power outages caused by frigid weather and even a tornado.

The only question is when the next calamity will occur.

The time might be now for residents of Houston and the rest of Texas to stock up on emergency supplies such as first-aid kits, flashlights, portable radios and hurricane shutters. A statewide sales tax holiday is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, when Texans can purchase a variety of emergency preparation items without having to pay sales taxes on them.

There are no limits on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased tax-fee, according to the Texas Comptroller's Office, which says the tax break applies to items purchased in person, online, by telephone, by mail or any other means. Charges for delivery, shipping, handling or transportation are considered to be part of the total sales price and therefore could affect whether an item is eligible to be tax-free, the comptroller's office says on its website.

The following items in the following sales-price ranges qualify for this weekend's tax exemption:

Less than $3,000

  • Portable generators

Less than $300

  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Less than $75

  • Axes and hatchets
  • Batteries (single or multipack)
  • Non-electric can openers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First-aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tiedown kits
  • Ice products
  • Light sources (candles, flashlights and lanterns)
  • Mobile phone batteries and chargers
  • Non-electric can openers
  • Non-electric coolers and ice chests for food storage
  • Portable radios
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting

For more information about the tax-free weekend, visit https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php.

Adam Zuvanich

Adam Zuvanich

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Adam Zuvanich writes locally relevant digital news stories for Houston Public Media. He grew up in the Houston area and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas before working as a sportswriter in Austin, Lubbock, Odessa, St. Louis and San Antonio. Zuvanich returned home to Houston and made...

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