The annual Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend is here across Texas. Beginning Friday, August 10th and continuing through Sunday, August 12th,Texas shoppers will get a break from state and local sales taxes on certain items.

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced under $100. The holiday does not apply to household goods, furniture, electronics or vehicles.
Shoppers should be aware that businesses that do not qualify for the exemption may not advertise or promise they will pay a customer’s sales tax. Additionally, retailers are required by law to collect sales tax on items that do not qualify.

Whether you’re in need of book bags, blackboard chalk or bell-bottom pants, you can save money on those and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday. “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. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”

A partial list of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free appears on Page 5 of this edition. A comprehensive list may be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

CLOTHING
• Adult diapers
• Aprons (household)
• Athletic socks
• Baby bibs
• Baby clothes
• Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
• Baseball caps
• Baseball jerseys
• Belts with attached buckles
• Blouses
• Boots (general purpose)
• Cowboy boots
• Hiking boots
• Bow ties
• Bowling shirts
• Bras
• Camp clothes
• Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
• Chef uniforms
• Children’s novelty costumes
• Clerical vestments
• Coats and wraps
• Coveralls
• Diapers (cloth and disposable)
• Dresses
• Earmuffs (cold weather)
• Employee uniforms (unless rented)
• Fishing caps
• Fishing vests (non-flotation)
• Football jerseys
• Gloves (generally)
• Dress gloves (unless rented)
• Leather gloves
• Golf caps
• Golf dresses
• Golf jackets and windbreakers
• Golf shirts
• Golf skirts
• Graduation caps and gowns
• Gym suits and uniforms
• Hats
• Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
• Hosiery, including support hosiery
• Hunting vests
• Jackets
• Jeans
• Jogging apparel
• Knitted caps or hats
• Leg warmers
• Leotards and tights
• Mask, costume
• Neckwear and ties
• Nightgowns and nightshirts
• Painter pants
• Pajamas
• Pants
• Panty hose
• Raincoats and ponchos
• Rain hats
• Religious clothing
• Robes
• Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear)
• Scarves
• Scout uniforms
• Shawls and wraps
• Shirts
• Shirts (hooded)
• Shoes (generally), sneakers, walking shoes
• Shorts
• Skirts
• Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas
• Slippers
• Slips
• Socks
• Suits, slacks, and jackets
• Support hosiery
• Suspenders
• Sweatshirts
• Sweat suits
• Sweaters
• Swimsuits
• Tennis accessories
• Tennis dresses
• Tennis shorts
• Tennis shoes
• Tennis skirts
• Ties (neckties - all)
• Tights
• Trousers
• Underclothes
• Underpants
• Undershirts
• Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)
• Veils
• Vests (generally), fishing, hunting
• Work clothes, uniforms
• Workout clothes

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
• 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

* For kits of school supplies that contain exempt items, as well as taxable ones, the taxability depends on the value of exempt or taxable items in it. There is no limit on the quantity of school supplies in a kit, but if the value of the exempt items is more than the taxable ones, the kit is exempt. If the value of the taxable items is more than the exempt ones, then the kit is taxable.