Sales tax will be waived on emergency preparedness supplies later this month to help Texans stock up ahead of the state's peak season for dangerous weather.
Certain items will sell tax free the weekend of April 22-24. The holiday was approved by the 2015 Texas Legislature and debuted in 2016. The comptroller's office estimates Texans will save $1.5 million in state and local taxes over the three-day period.
"Unfortunately, we can't predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike," Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a news release. "But we can be prepared, and this tax holiday helps Texans save money while stocking up for emergency situations before they happen."
Qualifying items include: portable generators priced less than $3,000, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced less than $300, or batteries, first aid kits, fuel containers and other emergency items priced less than $75. A full list is available on the Texas Comptroller's website.
Recent years have seen a volley of hard-hitting springtime weather, including heavy hail storms, floods and fatal tornadoes. Hurricane season begins in June.
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