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