Every year, the Texas Legislature sets the dates for an annual sales tax holiday on school supplies and clothing. This year’s sales tax holiday is Aug. 10-12.
Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced at less than $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, according to the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, which oversees sales tax collection in the state. This exemption saves shoppers about $8 for every $100 they spend. The sales tax exemption applies to each item priced at less than $100. Items priced at $100 or more pay the full amount of sales tax, according to the state comptroller’s website.
The holiday extends to layaway plans and items sold online, by phone or by mail order.
“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach bags with book bags, Texas’ sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on the supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a statement. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”
The sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999, according to a news release.
What is exempt from sales tax this weekend?
- School supplies
- Clothing priced at $100 or less per item, including items not on a typical classroom supply list, such as diapers, baby clothes, hiking boots, bow ties, veils, swimsuits, novelty costumes and slippers.
- Student backpacks priced at $100 or less
What is not exempt from sales tax this weekend?
- Clothing designed specifically for athletic activity (cleats, football pads, etc.)
- Clothing subscription boxes
- Clothing or footwear rentals, alterations or cleaning services
- Jewelry and accessories
- Luggage, purses, briefcases and gym bags
- Textbooks, computers and software