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Severe weather sales tax holiday this weekend

MONTGOMERY — For the 12th straight year to cap Severe Weather Awareness Week, the state has declared a Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

This year’s holiday is today through Sunday as Severe Weather Awareness Week comes to a close.

With the tornado season upon the area and hurricane season on the horizon, Gov. Kay Ivey spoke on the importance of the sales tax holiday.

“Less than two weeks into 2023, Alabamians have already suffered significant effects from severe weather and by proclaiming this past week as Severe Weather Awareness Week, I encourage our citizens to utilize this weekend to take steps to be ready before the next storm affects your home and property,” she said. “As we head into peak tornado season here in Alabama, it is imperative everyone remains weather aware.

“The Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday has been a great help in years past and serves as the perfect opportunity to stock up on the supplies needed to help prevent harm in dangerous weather situations.”

With certain items being exempt from the state sales tax, residents will have the opportunity to save money while collecting critical supplies for protecting their homes or businesses ahead of inclement weather.

Weather safety items available for purchase during the weekend include batteries, flashlights, smoke detectors, portable generators, battery-powered portable radios and weather radios, among others.

For the full list of items, visit https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/ultraviewer/viewer/basic_viewer/index.html?form=2022/10/Severe_Weather_Sales_Tax_Holiday_Fact_Sheet_2023.pdf.

Some counties and municipalities have removed their local sales and use taxes from the same items for the weekend. Here is a list of those participating: https://www.revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/alabama-severe-weather-preparedness-sales-tax-holiday/.

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