Texas shoppers to save millions during tax-free weekend, Aug. 9-11

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated to clarify the 8.25% sales tax charge refers to the state and local charges.

Texas shoppers gearing up for the start of the 2019-20 school year can take advantage of the state’s annual sales tax holiday this weekend, Aug. 9-11. Shoppers will save an estimated $102.2 million in state and local sales taxes during the event, according to a press release from the Texas comptroller of public accounts.

“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a statement. “As a father of three, I know how these expenses can add up.”

Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks purchased in-store, online, by mail or by phone will be exempt from a maximum of 8.25% state and local sales tax charges from Friday, Aug. 9, to midnight Sunday, Aug. 11. Shoppers on average will save about $8 for every $100 spent on qualifying items, according to the press release.

Backpacks sold for less than $100, including backpacks with wheels and messenger bags, along with school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, highlighters, folders, calculators, binders, glue, index cards, protractors, markers and lunch boxes, among others, are included in the list of tax-exempt items.

Luggage, briefcases, athletic bags, purses, jewelry, umbrellas, watches, computers, software, textbooks and some athletic equipment will not be exempt.

To see a full list of tax-exempt and taxable items, visit www.texastaxholiday.org.

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Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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