The annual sales tax holiday for emergency supplies is still on this weekend (April 25-27), despite stay-at-home orders still in place across the Lone Star State.
Starting Saturday, Texans can buy certain emergency items without having to pay the sales tax. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar says products bought online still qualify. He says if you have to visit retailers in person, follow social distancing guidelines.
“Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with the deadly storms that have ripped through parts of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, that makes the sales tax holiday even more timely, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic,” Karen Hudgins, the Assistant Director of Communications and Information Services at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, said.
The Texas Legislature mandates the annual sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies. State statute dictates that the sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. On the Saturday before the last Monday in April and ends at 12 midnight on the last Monday in April.
Examples of tax free items this weekend include household batteries, fire extinguishers and first aid kits under $75 as well as portable generators under $3,000. Those that don't qualify: masks, gloves and personal protection equipment.
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