Texas to hold emergency supply tax holiday

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(KXII) - Severe weather season is here, and Texas is helping citizens to prepare by holding a tax-free weekend on emergency supplies.

Certain emergency supplies can be purchased tax-free from April 27 to April 29.

Items eligible for tax-free shopping are generators under $3,000 and emergency ladders and hurricane shutters under $300.

Other items under $75 are also eligible. Those items include axes, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie downs, hatchets, ice products, light sources, cellphone batteries and chargers, radios and tarps.

While there is a price limit for eligible items, there is no limit to the purchasable amount. No certificate is necessary for the tax exemption.

Camping supplies, chainsaws, plywood, extension ladders, stepladders, repair or replacement parts, services and tents are not included in tax-free sales.

"While we can't know in advance when the next flood, tornado or hurricane may strike, we can make sure our families, homes and businesses have the supplies they need to face these and other emergencies," said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. "This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations. Don't wait for disaster to strike. Take the time now to get prepared."

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