This Friday through Sunday is the annual Sales Tax Holiday in Texas.
As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 spent.
Sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, by telephone or mail. Layaway plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
The dates for the sales tax holiday are set by the Legislature.
Most clothing and footwear priced at below $100 qualify for the sales tax exemption. However, items made primarily for athletics and protection do not qualify such as cleats, helmets and pads. However items like tennis shoes and swimsuits, which can be worn for activities other than athletic competition, are exempt.
Backpacks priced under $100 are also exempt from sales tax during the three-day holiday. Howevrer items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks are not exempt. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.
School supplies are also exempt. If supplies are purchased using a business credit card or business check or under a business account, an exemption certificate stating the items will be used for school and classroom purposes must be provided.
To see what items are, and are not, exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for more buyer and seller information, go to www.window.state.tx.us/ and click on the “Texas Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend — Aug. 9 to 11” new release link at the bottom of the page.