Texas Emergency Preparation Sales Tax Holiday weekend begins April 25

While Texas is under a disaster declaration for COVID-19, the state also wants to help prepare residents for natural disasters.

The 2020 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. April 25 and ends at midnight April 27.

Shoppers will be able to buy certain emergency preparation supplies without tax during the sales tax holiday. There is no limit to the number of qualifying items shoppers can buy.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office is also encouraging social distancing during the tax holiday. Purchases of emergency preparation supplies can be made online or by telephone, mail, or “any means other than in person.” Purchases can also be made in-store.

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:

Less than $3000
Portable generators
Less than $300
Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters
Less than $75
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
Ice products – reusable and artificial
Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
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

Note: Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax-free during the holiday.

For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:
Medical masks and face masks
Cleaning supplies, such as disinfectants and bleach wipes
Gloves, including leather, fabric, latex and types used in healthcare
Toilet paper
Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Camping stoves
Camping supplies
Extension ladders
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

More information can be found on the Texas Comptroller website.