Alabama’s ninth annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend, Friday, February 21, through Sunday, February 23. It’s your chance to restock emergency supplies in homes, workplaces, and vehicles without having to pay the state’s 4 percent sales tax.
Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state’s 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 percent on these items in some areas of the state.
Items $60 or less include the following:
- 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. For a full list of tax-free items, go to the severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday page.
Alabama is one of three states with severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday in 2020; the other states with similar holidays are Texas and Virginia.
The Department of Homeland Security recommends having enough supplies in emergency kits to last 72 hours following a disaster. For information on what items to include in emergency kits, as well as steps to take before and after disasters, visit ready.gov.