This is the weekend to complete your back to school shopping.
Houston ISD teachers report for work August 16 and August 23 is the first day students return to classrooms. Fort Bend students return August 10, along with Conroe ISD kids. August 17 is the start date for Bazosport ISD.
It's the Texas Sales Tax Free Back to School Shopping weekend, but applies only to certain qualifying items. You can get the complete list for clothing, footwear and other items here.
The list of school supplies is here.
Qualifying items include clothing, shoes, backpacks under $100, and most of those required school supplies. It can get tricky knowing what qualifies, says Kevin Lyons with the Texas Comptroller's Office, especially when it comes to athletic wear. "You can purchase a jersey, so if your is the Houston Texans you can get a Texans football jersey, but you can't buy football pants, or shoulder pads." Football shoes with cleats don't qualify but sneakers for basketball do.
The Texas Comptrollers office says online purchases qualify if the store does business in the state.
The sales tax free weekend continues through midnight tomorrow.
Pull up the list as you shop this weekend.
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