While COVID-19 remains at the top of our minds, it is critical to consider other natural disasters that could occur — wildfires, tornadoes, floods and flash floods, and even hurricanes, and to be prepared.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 25 until midnight Monday, April 27, Texans can take advantage of a sales tax holiday on certain emergency preparedness supplies.
Remember, if you are shopping in person, follow COVID-19 safe practices — wear a cloth face mask, stay at least six feet away from persons not in your household, and shop with as few members of your family as you can to minimize their exposure to coronavirus. And don’t go out if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Several over-the-counter self-care items, such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, spray and wipes, are always exempt from sales tax if they are labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel in accordance with federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. The list of tax-free items is established by law and does not include items such as masks or personal protection equipment.
Examples of emergency preparation supplies that qualify for the tax exemption include:
Less than $3000
Less than $300
Less than $75
Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
First aid kits
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
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
There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items that may be purchased. Visit https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php for more information.