Time your home energy-efficiency improvements or hurricane preparation purchases right and you can avoid paying state sales tax. At least a half-dozen states offer tax breaks to homeowners who purchase energy-efficient appliances, water-efficient products, or hurricane preparation supplies.
When: Feb. 20-22
What: Exempts hurricane preparedness products from sales tax. You can spend up to $1,000 on a single purchase of generators and power cords and buy an unlimited number of supplies costing up to $60 each, such as batteries, tarps, cell phone chargers, flashlights, weather radios, plywood to cover windows, or smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
When: Late May to early June for hurricane and September for Energy Star and WaterSense
What: Exempts hurricane preparedness products from sales tax. You can spend up to $750 on a portable generator and up to $50 for weather-band radios, or $30 on batteries. You can spend up to $500 on up to three Energy Star- or WaterSense-qualified products and not owe sales tax.
When: October 2-4
What: In 2015, energy- and water-efficient products that cost $1,500 or less are exempted from its 7% sales tax. That includes a dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, CFL bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, refrigerator, door, or window that meets Energy Star or WaterSense standards.
When: Last Saturday and Sunday of each May and first consecutive Friday and Saturday each August
What: The May holiday lets you skip the state’s sales tax on the first $1,500 in purchases on hurricane preparation items like portable generators, storm shutters, batteries, weather-band radios, and tie-down kits. The August tax holiday lets you skip the state’s 4% sales tax on the first $2,500 in purchases on individual items of “tangible personal property not for business use.” A TPP is literally something you can touch and take. And it’s not just energy-efficient appliances and hurricane prep, but almost anything you’d buy for your home.
When: Feb. 14-16
What: Gives shoppers a break on the state’s 6% tax when they buy Energy Star products, like air conditioners, clothes washers, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, and CFL bulbs.
When: April 19-25 each year
What: Exempts state sales tax (4.225%) on Energy Star appliances costing up to $1,500 each. To qualify, appliances, which can include clothes washers, water heaters, dishwashers, air conditioners, furnaces, refrigerators, freezers, heat pumps, and conventional ovens and stoves, must have an Energy Star rating.
When: May 23-25
What: A break from state and local sales taxes and use taxes (which range from 6.25% to 8.25%) on energy-efficient products, including air conditioners, refrigerators, ceiling fans, incandescent and CFL bulbs, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats.
When: May 25-31 every year
What: Exempts hurricane preparedness products. You can spend up to $1,000 for generators and power cables and buy an unlimited number of supplies costing up to $60 each like batteries, tarps, cell phone chargers, flashlights, weather radios, storm shutters, or smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
When: Friday before the second Monday of October
What: Certain Energy Star- and WaterSense-qualified items purchased for non-commercial use, costing $2,500 or less, including dishwashers, clothes washers, refrigerators, air conditioners, ceiling fans, CFLs, bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets are exempt.
Would you put off buying a new appliance or fixture until you can save the sales tax?