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Are you looking to save on your back-to-school shopping? Texas Tax-Free Weekend is the perfect time to do it! From August 5-7, you can purchase most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks tax-free. This includes items sold online and by catalog businesses, as long as they do business in Texas. To qualify for the exemption, each item must be priced below $100.

Online Purchases and Telephone Orders

If you’re shopping online or by telephone, the Tax-Free Weekend rules still apply. The sale is only Tax-Free if the item is ordered and paid for during the Tax-Free Weekend.

Clothing and Footwear

Qualifying Items

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy most footwear and clothing (sold for less than $100) tax free. You do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate.

The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.

For example, if you buy two shirts for $80 each, each shirt qualifies for the exemption because each is less than $100, even though the total purchase price is $160.

Items That Do Not Qualify

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
    • For example, golf cleats and football pads are usually worn only when people play golf or football, so they do not qualify for the exemption.
    • Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, can be worn for other than athletic activity and qualify for the exemption.
  • 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 (see below)

Baggage Items That Do Not Qualify

The following items do not qualify for this exemption:

  • framed backpacks
  • luggage
  • briefcases
  • athletic, duffle or gym bags
  • computer bags
  • purses

Sales Tax Holiday Comptroller Page

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