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Anytime Texas offers a tax break, take it

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There will be no sales tax this weekend on less than $75 worth of flashlights and batteries.
There will be no sales tax this weekend on less than $75 worth of flashlights and batteries.

The granddaddy of sales tax holidays in Texas, the annual back-to-school event, will be Aug. 5-7 this year.

But it has some kinfolk, the latest being the sales tax holiday on emergency preparation supplies coming up this weekend.

Anytime state government offers you a tax break, you ought to take it, right?

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday until midnight Monday, there will be no sales tax on less than $75 worth of single or multipack batteries (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt, not car batteries), first aid kits, hand-cranked flashlights, self-powered radios, hatchets and other supplies for use in bad weather or other emergencies.

There’s also no sales tax on less than $300 worth of emergency ladders or hurricane shutters or less than $3,000 spent on portable generators.

No certificates or coupons are necessary. You just don’t get charged sales tax at the checkout counter or online.

Texas also has an Energy Star sales tax holiday on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-30) for energy-efficient air conditioners, refrigerators, clothes washers and the like.

The big holiday in August will cover clothing and footwear, backpacks and school supplies, all if they are priced less than $100.

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