Severe weather preparedness tax holiday this weekend

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Alabama's sales tax holiday on items used to prepare for severe weather will take place this weekend, February 22-24.

Alabamians are encouraged to purchase and stock up on supplies for their homes and businesses to prepare for tornado and hurricane seasons.

Gov. Robert Bentley said Wednesday people need to take advantage of the break from Alabama's sales tax to stock up on supplies such as battery-powered radios, weather radios, first aid kits, portable generators and plywood.

Workers at Lowe's in Huntsville said they had a good turnout last year and are expecting the same, if not better this year.

"It's a great opportunity," said Lowe's Assistant Manager, Scott Franklin.  "Just being proactive and not waiting until something happens is a key part of it. It's a real benefit for them to save money."

The holiday from sales tax will begin at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will run through the end of the day on Sunday.

Items covered by the sales tax holiday must cost $60 or less with the exception of generators which must cost $1,000 or less.

Several cities and counties have joined the state and are removing their own sales and use taxes from the covered items over the weekend.

Covered items $60 or less:

  • Batteries: AAA-cell batteries, AA-cell batteries, C-cell batteries, D-cell batteries, 6-volt batteries, 9-volt batteries. (NOTE: coin batteries, automobile batteries, and boat batteries are not exempt.)
  • Cellular phone battery
  • Cellular phone charger
  • Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weather-band radio or NOAA weather radio
  • Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
  • Tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible, waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kits
  • Duct tape
  • Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
  • Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice
  • Self-contained first aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Gas or diesel fuel tank or container

Covered items $1,000 or less:

  • Portable generators and power cords

For more information about Alabama's annual Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Preparedness, visit ADOR's Website.

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