Sales Tax Holiday on Severe Weather Preparedness Items Proposed

By  | February 28, 2012 | Filed under: News

PRATTVILLE – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday outlined new legislation that would provide an annual sales tax holiday covering items related to severe weather preparedness.

“A sales tax holiday will promote readiness by giving people an extra incentive to stock up on supplies that will be needed during and after severe weather,” Governor Bentley said.  “The sales tax holiday was one of the key recommendations of my Tornado Recovery Action Council, and I urge the Alabama Legislature to approve the holiday as soon as possible.”


The legislation, to be filed this week, calls for several items to be exempted from state sales and use taxes over a designated weekend.  A provision also allows counties and municipalities to join the state by removing their own local sales and use taxes from the same items during the same weekend.

Items covered by the legislation include:


  • Several types of batteries, including cell phone batteries and chargers
  • Battery-powered radios
  • NOAA weather radios
  • Flashlights, lanterns, and emergency glow sticks
  • First aid kits
  • Duct tape
  • Plywood
  • Portable generators
  • Gas or Diesel fuel containers
  • Tarpaulins and plastic sheeting
  • Any non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
  • Non-electric can openers
  • Any artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, or reusable ice
  • Fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Ground anchor systems such as cords or rope or tie-down kits

The covered items must cost $60 or less, except for generators, which are covered as long as they cost $1,000 or less.

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