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Texas offers Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, Aug. 7-9

Texas offers Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, Aug. 7-9
August 07
08:44 2020

The State of Texas is offering shoppers a break on school supplies and some clothing items this weekend during the annual sales tax holiday, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 7-9.

That means shoppers do not have to pay sales tax on qualified items priced below $100, saving them about $8 on every $100 they spend. The date of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set in statute by the Texas Legislature.

The sales tax holiday does not include special clothing or footwear that is primarily designed for athletic activity (cleats, baseball gloves, etc.) or protective use (industrial or medical-grade masks) and that is not normally worn except when used for that activity. However, cloth and disposable fabric face masks meet the definition of an article of clothing and are exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday.

Some of the items that will be tax-exempt this weekend include most school supplies, such as notebooks and notebook paper, binders, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, calculators, glue, lunch boxes, backpacks and more. Click here for a list of tax-exempt school supplies.

The tax-exempt list also includes many items of clothing, including shirts, pants, shorts, underclothes, socks, coats and jackets, several different kinds of shoes, and more. Click here for a list of clothing items; note that the list includes both items that are exempt from tax this weekend (marked with an E) and those that will be taxed this weekend (marked with a T).

Complete lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Texas Comptroller’s website at

The Comptroller’s office encourages all consumers to promote social distancing while shopping at local retail locations.

During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items also can be purchased online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either:

  • the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or
  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

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


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