Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday this weekend


Beginning at 12:01 a.m. (CST) on Friday February 22, 2013, and ending at twelve midnight on Sunday February 24, 2013, Alabama will hold its second annual sales tax holiday giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe-weather preparedness supplies free of state sales or use tax. 

Local sales and use tax may apply – see list of participating cities and counties.  As far as I can tell, all cities in North Alabama are participating, but double check the list just in case!

Retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.

Here are the participating items:

COVERED ITEMS - $60 or Less, per ITEM EXEMPT:
AAA-cell batteries
AA-cell batteries
C-cell batteries
D-cell batteries
6-volt batteries
9-volt batteries
Cellular phone battery
Cellular phone charger
Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two- way radio, weatherband 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
Other flexible, waterproof sheeting
Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie- down kit
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
TAXABLE:
Coin batteries
Automobile and boat batteries

A single purchase with a sales price of $1000 or Less EXEMPT:
Any portable generator and power cords – used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage.

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