Emergency Preparation Supplies Tax Free Weekend, April 22 – 24, 2017

This coming weekend is the 2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. This year’s holiday begins at12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 24.

“We cannot predict when the next disaster will strike, but we can prepare,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “This emergency supplies tax holiday helps everyone save money on the items we need to be ready for the next storm and the upcoming hurricane season.”

The following emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption:

  • Portable generators less than $3,000
  • Emergency ladders less than $300
  • Hurricane shutters less than $300
  • Axes
  • 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
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products – reusable and artificial
  • Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
  • 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

The following supplies do not qualify for 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

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