Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11.
The law exempts sales tax on qualified items – such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks – priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
“As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” Hegar said. “As a father of three, I know how these expenses can add up.”
This is the 20th anniversary of the first sales tax holiday. Karen Hudgins with the Texas Comptroller’s office said the first sales tax holiday started back in 1999.
"Since then, we estimate Texans have saved more than $1.3 billion in state and local sales taxes during the annual sales tax holiday," said Hudgins. "This sales tax holiday, we expect Texans will save an estimated $102.2 million in state and local sales taxes," said Hudgins.
Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.