2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday set for Feb. 26-28

February 19, 2021
2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday set for Feb. 26-28

Alabama will hold its 10th annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, beginning Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 12 midnight, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain severe weather preparedness items free of state sales tax

A provision in the Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday law 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.

The Alabama Department of Revenue has compiled a list of all cities and counties participating in the 2020 Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday. Orange Beach and Baldwin County are participating in the Sales Tax Holiday. The full list of participating cities and counties is available at revenue.alabama.gov.

The following list contains examples of items covered under the Severe Weather Preparedness holiday. Items that have a sales price of $60 or less per item:

  • Batteries: AAA-cell batteries, AA-cell batteries, C-cell batteries, D-cell batteries, 6-volt batteries, 9-volt batteries. (NOTE: coin batteries, automobile batteries, and boat batteries are not exempt.)
  • Cellular phone battery
  • Cellular phone charger
  • Portable self-powered or battery-powered radio, two-way radio, weather-band radio or NOAA weather radio
  • Portable self-powered light source, including battery-powered flashlights, lanterns, or emergency glow sticks
  • Tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible, waterproof sheeting
  • Ground anchor system, such as bungee cords or rope, or tie-down kits
  • Duct tape
  • Plywood, window film or other materials specifically designed to protect window coverings
  • Non-electric food storage cooler or water storage container
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice
  • Self-contained first aid kit
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Gas or diesel fuel tank or container

Single-purchase items that have a sales price of $1,000 or less:

  • Any portable generator and power cords - used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage. 

For more information about Alabama’s annual Sales Tax Holiday for Severe Weather Preparedness, visit revenue.alabama.gov/sales-use/sales-tax-holidays.

2021 Severe Weather Preparedness Tax Holiday flyer