Tax-free holiday for emergency supplies starts this weekend

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar) – A tax-free holiday starts this weekend across Texas. The big focus is on disaster preparation.

The sales tax exemptions will be in effect from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 24 through midnight on Monday, April 26. There won’t be sales tax on essential supplies like batteries, generators, radios, first-aid kits, and coolers.

“We see more storms and high winds when we’re out enjoying ourselves. Just making sure we have what we need in case of emergency,” said Academy Sports & Outdoors store manager Craig Sartain.

In February, Texans saw power and water loss that was shocking. This weekend is focusing on helping people make strategic decisions to get through any disaster.

“This Winter season’s over, and I am about tired of this cold,” said shopper James Griffin. “Batteries, any camping gear, any survival gear is always needed. Flashlights, definitely flashlights.”

The other focus is on hurricane season.

“In West Texas, we don’t typically see a lot of rain and precipitation,” Sartain said. “So, when we start getting heavy rains like that, our rain gear, our rubber boots, and our winter gear go into high gear.”

A list of emergency supplies that qualify for the sales tax exemption can be found on the comptroller’s website, including information on maximum prices for each item before the exemption no longer applies. Examples include household batteries, fire extinguishers and first aid kits under $75 as well as portable generators under $3,000.

Products bought online, by phone, mail or custom order also qualify for the exemption.

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