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Steve Knowlton, operations manager of Academy Sports + Outdoors in Killeen points to items that qualify for the tax exemption on emergency items during last April's sales tax holiday.

With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies.

The sales tax holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on April 24, and it will end at midnight on April 26.

“While we can’t know 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,” Hegar said. “This tax holiday can help Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations.”

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by the Texas Legislature in 2015, according to a news release from the comptroller’s office.

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

Household batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75

Hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300

Portable generators priced at less than $3,000

For purchases made online, note that delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax-free during the holiday, according to the release.

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

Several over-the-counter self-care items, such as antibacterial hand sanitizer, soap, spray and wipes, are always exempt from sales tax if they are labeled with a “Drug Facts” panel in accordance with federal Food and Drug Administration regulations.

Purchases that do not qualify include:

Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles

Camping stoves and camping supplies

Chainsaws

Plywood

Extension ladders and stepladders

Tents

A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the comptroller’s website, https://comptroller.texas.gov/ .

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