Hurry — It’s Emergency Preparedness Weekend in Texas!


Hurry — It’s Emergency Preparedness Weekend in Texas!

Our editor in chief discovered today that April 22-24 is Emergency Preparedness Weekend in Texas. Sweet!

Texans can capitalize on this by purchasing many different items right up until 11:59 PM this Monday without paying the “if it please the crown” fee, a.k.a. sales tax.

This includes the following goods and services:

  • Portable generators priced less than $3,000
  • Less than $300 Emergency ladders
  • Hurricane shutters
  • Less than $75 Axes
  • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volts or 9 volts)
  • Can openers – nonelectric
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
  • Fire extinguishers
  • First aid kits
  • Fuel containers
  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
  • Hatchets
  • Ice products – reusable and artificial
  • Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – Examples of items include: candles, flashlights, and lanterns
  • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
  • Radios – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – includes two-way and weather band radios
  • Smoke detectors
  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting
  • These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:
  • Batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles
  • Camping stoves
  • Camping supplies
  • Chainsaws
  • Plywood
  • Extension ladders
  • Stepladders
  • Tents
  • Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
  • Services performed on or related to, emergency preparation supplies

What’s not to like about that? Heck, Jon even bought tie-downs for his truck and they weren’t taxed. And reportedly, this can be extended to Amazon if you email them the right link.

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