Mark your calendars, sales tax holiday is Aug. 10-12

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on book bags, blackboard chalk, bell-bottom pants and certain other items during the state’s sales tax holiday Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12. The holiday ends at midnight.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“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,” Hegar said. “As a dad to three young children, I know how these expenses can add up.”

During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $90.3 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday, Hegar said.

Texas’ tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

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