State Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Underway for Storm-Ready Items
From now through Sunday, February 27, you can buy supplies and equipment to get you ready for severe weather season without having to pay state sales tax. Some cities and counties are also dropping their taxes on these items.
This is Alabama’s 11th annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The only other state to have an event like this is Texas.
Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 4% state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, local taxes are waived on those items as well.
The tax holiday means shoppers can save as much as 10% on these items in some areas of the state.
From 12:01 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25 to midnight Sunday, Feb. 27, the tax-exempt items include the following priced at $60 or less:
- Flashlights, lanterns
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- First-aid kits
- Cell phone charger
- Two-way radios
- Manual can openers
- Tarps and plastic sheeting
- Duct tape
- Fire extinguishers
- Tie-down kits, bungee cords or rope
- Other tax-free items include: Coolers, ice packs, plywood, window film and smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors.
- Portable generators and power cords costing $1,000 or less are also tax free.