Prepping for flood season? Save on supplies this weekend


The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office has declared this year’s Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday will run from 12:01 a.m. on April 22 to midnight on April 24. Although there is no limit on the number of items Texas residents can buy during this time frame, there are some restrictions on qualifying items. Here is a list of some of the items that are tax-exempt this weekend:

Tax-exempt if costing less than $75:

  • Axes
  • Batteries
  • Can openers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems to provide temporary support to trees or building
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products, such as reusable and artificial ice packs
  • Light sources, such as candles, flashlights and lanterns
  • Mobile phone batteries and chargers
  • Radios
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and plastic sheeting

Tax-exempt if costing less than $300:

  • Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters

Tax-exempt if costing less than $3,000:

  • Portable generators

For a full list of eligible and ineligible items, visit the state comptroller’s website here. 


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Wendy Cawthon
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Cawthon has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and joined The Woodlands edition in 2017.
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