Severe Weather Sales Tax Holiday


The annual Alabama severe weather sales tax holiday for 2014 starts Friday, February 21st and will continue through Sunday, February 23rd.

Under the sales tax holiday, items related to severe weather preparedness will be exempted from state sales taxes over the weekend. Many cities and towns across the state also participate in the event.

Folks across Alabama are encouraged to stock up on needed supplies in advance of Alabama’s primary severe weather season.

Items covered by the sales tax holiday 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, window film or other materials, specifically designed to protect window openings
  • 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 cord 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.

Read more information on participating cities and counties.