This weekend marks 20th anniversary of the first sales tax holiday


Texas is one of 16 states that celebrates a sales tax holiday during the year.

If back to school shopping is stressful like holiday shopping, this is a good opportunity to not pay sales tax, as well as some retailers offering discounts, too.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Communications and Information Services Assistant Director Karen Hudgins said supplies that are included include lunchboxes, folders, paper, notebooks, rulers, highlighters and legal pads.

"Items that are tax exempt are swimsuits, regular athletic wear, jogging shoes, running shoes, tennis shoes, school uniforms, work uniforms, as well, your police and postal and military uniform can be purchased tax free this weekend," said Hudgins.

She said football and golf cleats and football pads are not included.

"Some items that are not included software and computers, textbooks, briefcases, women's purses and jewelry, those are not tax exempt," said Hudgins.

Shoppers this year will save an estimated $102.2 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday. Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999, with Texans saving more than $1.3 billion in state and local sales taxes during the annual sales tax holiday.

If you want to see everything that is eligible for the sales tax holiday, click HERE.


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