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Posted on: February 13, 2017

Gulf Shores to participate in the State's Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday - Feb. 24-26

Sales Tax Holiday

Alabama will observe its sixth 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.


As of Jan. 26, 222 localities had notified the state that they would be participating in the February tax holiday. From 12:01 a.m. Feb. 24 to midnight Feb. 26, the tax-exempt items include the following priced at $60 or less: 

Severe Weather Supplies

  • 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 Retail 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.


For a full list of tax-free items and participating cities and counties click here

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