KATY MAGAZINE NEWS April 27, 2018
Posted by Ashley Lancaster
Hurricane season is approaching fast. This weekend through Monday, purchase generators, first aid kits, batteries, tools, and other necessary emergency items with no sales tax. Here are a few places in Katy to find what you need.
Saturday, April 28 begins the 2018 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. It's a mouthful, but citizens can equip their homes with life-saving equipment and supplies and save money at the same time. 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 28, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 30.
Items That Qualify
Less than $3000
Less than $300
Less than $75
Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
Can openers - nonelectric
Carbon monoxide detectors
Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
First aid kits
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Ice products - reusable and artificial
Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
Tarps and other plastic sheeting
Items That Do Not Qualify
Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies
Stores in Katy
Ace Katy Hardware
559 Pin Oak Rd. 281-391-3437
The Home Depot 1111 N. Fry Rd.
6850 S. Fry Rd. 281-693-8420
Lowe's Home Improvement 9505 Spring Green Blvd.
19935 Katy Fwy.
Northern Tool + Equipment 24723 Katy Fwy.
Sears Appliance and Hardware 649 S. Mason Rd.
Tractor Supply Co.
444 FM 1463 281-574-1391
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.
For more information, contact Tax Help, or call 1-800-252-5555.