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TAX FREE: Emergency, Medical, Disaster Supplies in Katy This Weekend


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

  • Portable generators

  • Less than $300

  • Emergency ladders

  • Hurricane shutters

  • Less than $75

  • Axes

  • 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

  • Fire extinguishers

  • First aid kits

  • Fuel containers

  • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits

  • Hatchets

  • 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

  • Smoke detectors

  • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

Items That Do Not Qualify

  • 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


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.


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