Annual Sales Tax Holiday to Take Place Aug. 17-19
Texas shoppers will get a break from state and local sales taxes Aug. 17, 18 and 19 – the state’s annual tax holiday.
The tax holiday offers families the opportunity to save on needed back-to-school items.
Shoppers will have the once-a-year opportunity to save on school supplies, backpacks and clothing. Just as in previous years, retail customers will enjoy a full reprieve from sales and use tax for most clothing and footwear priced under $100, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
The holiday is fully inclusive; families and individuals do not need to have a child to take advantage of the savings, and will enjoy relief from both the 6.25 percent state sales tax as well as the additional 2 percent other entities may impose.
Below is a list of some of the items and their exemption status for the upcoming weekend:
|Baby clothesBackpacks for use by elementary and secondary students
Belts with attached buckles
Boots – cowboy, hiking
Caps/hats – baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
Coats and wraps
Diapers – adult and baby
Gym suits and uniforms
Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
Jerseys – baseball and football
Neckwear and ties
Pants and trousers
Raincoats and ponchos
Shoes – sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
Socks (including athletic)
Suits, slacks, and jackets
Work clothes and uniforms
|Accessories (generally) – barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watchesBackpacks – unless for use by elementary and secondary students
Baseball cleats and pants
Belt buckles (without belt)
Boots – climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders
Buttons and zippers
Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics
Dry cleaning services
Handbags and purses
Helmets – bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports
Leather goods – except belts with buckles and wearing apparel
Pads – football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder
Personal flotation devices
Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes)
Roller blades and skates
Safety clothing, glasses
Shoes – bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf
Texans will save an estimated $64.8 million in 2012 during the state and local sales taxes holiday.
For more information, visit www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html.