It will be cheaper to buy weather supplies in Alabama this weekend. Here’s why.

ALABAMA (WHNT) — It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week in the state of Alabama. This is a week to remind yourself of all potential severe weather threats affecting the state of Yellowhammer including thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes to name a few, review your plan and know which office of the national weather service covers your area.

There are four bureaus that cover the state:

  • Birmingham – covers the central part of the state
  • Huntsville – covers the northern part of the state to the Tennessee border, including the entire News 19 viewing area
  • Mobile – covers the southwest and south-central portion of the state
  • Tallahassee, Florida – covers the southeastern part of the state, including Dothan and Enterprise

Be sure to follow your local office on social media and visit their websites (link above, just click on the city) – they’ll be sharing awareness and preparedness tips throughout the week.

However, the state also has a sales tax holiday at the end of Bad Weather Awareness Week. During the sales tax exemption, Alabama will not charge state sales or use tax on certain covered items. However, local towns, incorporated towns, and even counties can also choose to follow suit and suspend sales or use the county/city tax. See if your city and county suspends their tax here.

The 2022 Weather Preparedness Tax Waiver begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, February 25 and ends at midnight on Friday, February 27.

The complete list of items excluded from state sales tax:

  • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 6 volt, 9 volt, mobile phone)
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Portable battery-powered or crank radio, two-way radio, weather band radio, or NOAA weather radio
  • Portable battery or hand-crank powered light source (such as battery-powered emergency flashlights, lanterns, or glow sticks)
  • Tarps
  • Plastic sheeting, drop cloths
  • Other soft and waterproof tarpaulins
  • Ground anchoring system (such as bungee cords, rope, or tie-down kits)
  • Scotch tape
  • Plywood, window film, or other materials designed to protect window coverings
  • Non-electric food storage coolers, water storage containers or can openers
  • Artificial and blue ice
  • ice packs
  • Reusable ice cream
  • Self-contained first aid kits
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers

All of the above items must cost $60 or less per item to be eligible for the holiday sales tax exemption, but there is no limit to the number of items you can purchase .

A portable generator and power cords are also exempt during the sales tax exemption, but the total amount of the purchase of these items must be $1,000 or less.

Button cells and car/boat batteries will still be taxed during the holidays.


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