Tax-free shopping in Texas this weekend

Published: Aug. 6, 2020 at 12:30 PM CDT
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SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - School is starting soon, and shoppers in Texas can get some much needed back-to-school items and clothing tax free this weekend.

This year the state’s sales tax holiday will go from Aug. 7 through August 9. During this weekend, shoppers will be able to purchase clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks sold for less than $100 each. There is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.

Shoppers in Texas can also participate in the tax holiday by shopping online. The Texas Comptroller’s office says orders made online or by phone qualify when the item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption or the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Clothing items exempt from sales tax include diapers, shirts, jeans and pants, jackets, belts, socks, most shoes and swimwear. For a full list of qualifying clothing items, check out the Texas Comptroller’s website.

Only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from sales tax during the sales tax holiday.

  • Binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Kits*
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

The following items do not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday:

  • items sold for $100 or more
  • clothing subscription boxes
  • specially-designed athletic activity or protective-use clothing or footwear
  • clothing or footwear rentals, alterations (including embroidery) and cleaning services
  • items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers
  • jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and other accessories
  • computers
  • software
  • textbooks
  • certain baggage items
  • unspecified school supplies

More information can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website.

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