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Texans: Stock up on emergency supplies during sales-tax holiday April 27-29

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As tornado season ramps up in Texas, state officials say now is the time to stock up on emergency supplies.

And they’ve created a special tax-free weekend from April 27-29 to help Texans do just that.

Shoppers will save more than $1.6 million in state and local taxes over the weekend, according to the office of Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Among the tax-free items this weekend: household batteries, axes, fuel containers, first aid kits and flashlights that cost less than $75; emergency ladders and hurricane shutters that cost less than $300; and portable generators that cost less than $3,000. There is no limit.

If you’re ordering online, shipping and handling and delivery costs are factored in to the sales price.

Some items do not qualify, such as car and boat batteries, plywood, tents, chainsaws, camping stoves and extension ladders and stepladders. Visit the Texas Comptroller’s website for the list of eligible items.

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. April 27 and ends at midnight April 29.

Texas tax holidays

This is one of four sales tax holidays in Texas. The others:

Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, May 25-27. Energy efficient items such as dishwashers, clothes washers, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, refrigerators that cost $2,000 or less and air conditioners that cost $6,000 or less.

Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, May 25-27. Water conservation or water efficient products such as mulch, rain barrels, drip-irrigation hoses, soil, compost, plants and grasses.

“Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 9-11. Clothes, shoes and school backpacks under $100.

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Anna M. Tinsley grew up in a journalism family and has been a reporter for the Star-Telegram since 2001. She has covered the Texas Legislature and politics for more than two decades and has won multiple awards for political reporting, most recently a third place from APME for deadline writing. She is a Baylor University graduate.
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