Severe weather sales tax holiday approaching

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(WTVY) -- From Friday, Feb. 23, to Sunday, Feb. 25, Alabama will observe its seventh annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. The Alabama Retail Association encourages Alabamians to restock emergency supplies in homes, workplaces and vehicles during this three-day tax holiday. Certain emergency preparedness items will be exempt from the state's 4-percent state sales tax, and in some cities and counties, local taxes are waived on those items as well. It means shoppers can save as much as 10 percent on these items in some areas of the state.

Last year, more than 220 city and county governments opted to waive their local taxes as well.

From 12:01 a.m. Feb. 23 to midnight Feb. 25, the tax-exempt items include the following priced at $60 or less:
· Flashlights, lanterns · Battery-powered or hand-crank radio · Batteries · 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.

Alabama's tax holiday is the earliest among the four states with a severe weather preparedness sales tax holiday. The Texas tax holiday is in April, Louisiana's is in May and Virginia's is in August.

Alabama Retail recommends having enough supplies in emergency kits to last 72 hours following a disaster.

For a full list of tax-exempt items as well as which cities and counties are participating visit https://alabamaretail.org/resources/salestaxholidays/severe-weather-preparedness/.