Emergency preparation supplies will be tax free on April 22-24

Emergency preparation supplies will be tax free during the 2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday going on from midnight on Saturday, April 22, through midnight on Monday, April 24.

"It's very important, because that one little thing could save their life in one shape, form or matter," said Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldaña.

There will be no limit on the number of qualifying items available for purchase.

According to, the emergency supplies that qualify for tax exemption are as listed:

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

Supplies that do not qualify for tax exemption are:

  • 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
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