Texans will not pay state and local sales taxes for school supplies and clothing under $100 as part of the state’s annual tax holiday on Friday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 19.
Shoppers will get a break from paying sales taxes on numerous qualifying items, including most clothes, shoes, jeans, school supplies and backpacks that are individually priced less than $100.
The tax break is expected to save shoppers an estimated $8 on every $100 they spend during the sales tax holiday. Around the Lone Star State, shoppers are expected to save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the holiday, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office.
The Texas Comptroller’s Office has posted comprehensive “fine print” on its website to explain whether an item is exempt from sales taxes during the holiday. For example, clothing worn only when playing sports – such as golf cleats or football pads – do not qualify to be purchased tax-free. However, tennis shoes and jogging suits are items that can be purchased tax-free if they are priced under $100.
Shoppers and merchants need to keep in mind that, in general, footwear, clothing, backpacks and school supplies priced under $100 may be purchased tax-free during the tax holiday.
For more information about qualifying items, go to www.TexasTaxHoliday.org. The Comptroller’s site also contains helpful information for merchants selling items during the sales tax holiday.
The sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event in Texas since 1999.