Texas Sales Tax Free Weekend 4/23-25


According to a bulletin released by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at 04/13/2016 12:03 PM CDT there will be a Sales Tax Holiday on  Emergency Preparation Supplies held from Friday, April 23 through Sunday, April 25, 2016.

With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain supplies tax-free during the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, April 23-25.

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

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

  • batteries, fuel containers, and flashlights priced at less than $75;
  • hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and
  • portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify include:

  • batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
  • camping stoves and camping supplies; and
  • chainsaws.

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save $1.4 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday. The sales tax holiday was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

2 thoughts on “Texas Sales Tax Free Weekend 4/23-25”

    1. Actually, the Sales Tax Free Weekend on Emergency Preparation Supplies is not directly due to the recent storm events Texas has been experiencing. The timing is purely coincidental. However, it is because Texas has the propensity to experience this type of weather that the government of Texas enacted this tax free weekend last year. Hopefully, people will take advantage of the potential savings and purchase emergency supplies to have on hand in case severe weather strikes and such supplies are needed. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on this post.


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