Texas- Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    God Bless Texas. Texas has declared a sales tax holiday on prep items.
    Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

    Emergency Preparation Supplies
    Sales Tax Holiday

    April 23 – 25, 2016
    You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the 2016 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.

    This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 25.

    These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a price:
    • Less than $3000
      • Portable generators
    • Less than $300
      • Hurricane shutters
      • Emergency ladders
    • Less than $75
      • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
      • First aid kits
      • Fuel containers
      • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
      • Hatchets
      • Axes
      • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
      • Nonelectric coolers and ice chests for food storage
      • Nonelectric can openers
      • Portable self-powered light sources (hand cranked flashlights)
      • Portable self-powered radios, including two-way and weather band radios
      • Reusable and artificial ice products
      • Smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide 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
    Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price
    Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

    For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2016
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  2. zombierspndr

    zombierspndr Monkey

    Guess it's time to buy more of those $40 "cosmetic second" group 31's from a local shop...to use on my generators. :D
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  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    I was surprised that this did not get any other comments. I expected so to say it was a name collecting event by the Texas gov't. I think it is an interesting event. Why is Texas doing this? The governor seems to have his eyes open more then most politicians so is he thinking things will go south and would like his residents to be prepared?

    People do not get a break from taxation often so this Emergency prep sales tax holiday has me thinking.
  4. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I think I'm less surprised than you, moto. The thread is up for just one day so far, and while we do have a slew of Tx monkeys, not all of them check in every day. As to why the governor (and Tx legislature?) is doing this, I don't know, just wish I lived closer to take advantage of a couple of those taxless items.
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  5. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

    Texas is doing this because we have a lot of floods, hurricanes and a Governor who has his act together. Just look at Houston right now, and the Texas Louisiana border flooding a couple of weeks back.
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  6. enloopious

    enloopious Rocket Surgeon

    I have heard from a lot of Texans since this started. A lot of people getting started with preparedness for the first time or adding to their already existing stores and stock piles.
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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    So this is for emergencies because of weather related stuff? I recall years ago Wyoming's government wanted to do preparedness stuff and the media made fun of them. Slightly off-topic but I saw that 60% of NY Democrats were worried about the economy. I do wonder if TX is doing this because the economy is worse then we think.
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  8. T. Riley

    T. Riley Monkey+++

    The Texas economy is still good, despite the downturn in oil prices. We are worried about the national economy, not the Texas economy.
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  9. zombierspndr

    zombierspndr Monkey

    The economy is far worse than you think. The shop(machinist) I work in has a total of four people employed, including the owner. Lately, there ain't enough to keep us busy. It is the only shop for miles around that has not laid off and cut back hours. One very large shop recently went under, and another is probably on the way. One of the shops used to have around 20 people...now they have less than half of that and they're working 24 hours a week. (n)
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  10. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Yeah, this is likely to be in response to the torrential rains, and resulting flooding, seen lately in Texas. I saw this in my e-mail last night, thanks to my electric provider. (y)

    I'll definitely take advantage of this, for batteries, can openers (can't have too many! LOL), an ice chest, and maybe another fire extinguisher. If I make it over to Harbor Freight this weekend, I'll probably pick up a couple more tarps, too.
  11. zombierspndr

    zombierspndr Monkey

    Bought some AA and D batteries, two more fuel cans, a fire extinguisher, and I don't recall what else.
  12. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    Every little bit you put away adds to the reserve, the problem is ,the later it gets, the more important that greater volumes of investment is required.
    I started years ago and only casually add to my stores, and rotate my canned goods regularly.
    The great thing about canned goods ,is that most of them can be eaten cold right out of the can.
    Never forget the meds, alternative meds, and water filters.
  13. zombierspndr

    zombierspndr Monkey

    Water filters can be made with materials on hand, or easily obtained....not to say that you shouldn't have a store bought version in your kit though. :)
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