In the upcoming sales tax holiday covering emergency preparation supplies, you can stock up on a few items that would come in handy anytime — like cellphone chargers and household batteries — without paying sales tax.
In fact, throw in a few other things you can get tax-free, such as a portable radio, a cooler, reusable ice packs (all less than $75) and a portable generator (less than $3,000), and you're ready for an outdoor party.
"The severe weather we had last year — particularly Hurricane Harvey — was a stark reminder that Texans should be prepared for emergencies at all times," Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a statement. The special tax holiday is April 28 and 29.
"This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs."
Other tax-exempt items include emergency ladders and hurricane shutters (less than $300), along with manual can openers, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and portable lights.
Visit comptroller.texas.gov for a complete list of exempt items, along with some nonexempt items. The holiday is April 28-29.