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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Alabama Tax-free Holiday for Emergency Supplies

Duck Brand Duct Tape, 1.88" x 45 yds, 3" Core

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
  • Fuel
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.

Your turn
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?


  1. What an absolutely brilliant idea. And no, to the best of my knowledge so state or territory does it. The Government isn't about to relinquish any of its revenue. Hiss and spit.

    1. EC,
      Too bad. With all the fires, floods and other disasters in AU for the last few years, people surely buy lots of these items. Actually, most of the items can be used for other than an emergency. Most people can use batteries, duct tape, and an ice chest even without an emergency striking, just to choose a few items to highlight.

    2. We have two in Georgia. Back-to-school sales tax holiday in August and an energy efficient holiday in October. We don't have a tax free day for beer or wings... yet. We just need to get the right people in office. We need the Duck Dynasty crew living here.

    3. Coffeypot,
      We do have the two that GA does. Beer and wings? hmmm, how about chocolate chip cookies and Coke? I am not sure DD would help here. No one buys their shirts here. They go on sale at WM. I am shocked that it doesn't sell.


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