If your emergency preparedness kit is missing, this is the weekend to replenish it.

With the hurricane season just around the corner, the 2021 emergency preparedness tax vacation starts on Saturday, April 24th at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, April 25th, at midnight. I have to admit that I have a little light on emergency preparedness, so I think it’s time to put my kit together.

The following items are tax-free when they cost less than $ 75:

  • axes
  • Batteries
  • Non-electric can openers
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Non-electric coolers and ice boxes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel tank
  • Lashing straps
  • Reusable and artificial ice products
  • Light sources such as flashlights, lanterns, and candles
  • Cell phone batteries and chargers
  • Portable self-sufficient and battery-operated radios
  • smoke detector
  • Tarps

Additionally, portable generators are tax-free if they cost less than $ 3,000. The tax exemption also applies to escape ladders and hurricane shutters that cost less than $ 300.

The annual tax-free weekend is the result of Senate Act 904, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in 2015 Press releaseThe governor encouraged all Texans to take advantage of the holiday:

As hurricane season approaches, I encourage Texans across the state to prepare for a safer tomorrow today. Our emergency supplies tax vacation helps Texans purchase the emergency supplies they need to protect themselves and their families in the event of future disasters.

There are some items such as camping supplies, chainsaws and car batteries that are not covered by the exemption. Get the full list Here.

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