Annual Sales Tax Holiday to Take Place Aug. 17-19

July 23, 2012

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


Gloves (generally)

Gym suits and uniforms

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts




Jerseys – baseball and football

Jogging apparel

Neckwear and ties


Pants and trousers

Raincoats and ponchos



Shoes – sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking

Socks (including athletic)


Suits, slacks, and jackets


Sweat suits




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

Football pants

Golf gloves

Handbags and purses


Hard hats

Helmets – bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports

Ice skates


Laundering services

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.

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InstantNewsWestu Staff

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