In Alabama this weekend we have a tax-free holiday for purchasing emergency supplies without the 4% sales tax. Your state might have a similar sales tax program.
During this time, individuals will be able to purchase weather-related merchandise tax-free, including:
- Batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt and cellphone batteries
- Radio: Self-powered or battery-powered radios, two-way radios, weatherband or NOAA weather radios
- Self-powered light sources: Battery-powered flashlights, lanterns and emergency glow sticks
- Sheeting: Plastic sheeting, drop cloths or other flexible and waterproof sheeting
- Anchor systems: Ground anchor systems, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kits
- Hardware supplies: Duct tape, plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
- Food and storage: Non-electric food storage coolers or water storage containers, non-electric can openers, artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice
- First aid and safety: First-aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Maybe you are not in Alabama. Those close enough can drive across state lines to purchase.
Your state maybe have the same holiday but not on this weekend.
I won't be buying lots of supplies, but there are things on the list I need, like a roll of duct tape. So, I might spend $5. Not much, but it helps.
Are you in Alabama and taking advantage of this holiday? Does your state have a sales tax holiday for emergency supplies? What would you buy?