Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday 2016 is This Weekend!

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It’s that time of year again! Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday will take place on August 5-7, 2016, which means shoppers will save a little bit of pocket change while out shopping! Each year, Texas law designates a weekend where certain items are exempt from being taxed at the register. Per the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar, “[a]s in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.” This includes items bought online or over the phone, too!

Texas' Sales Tax Holiday 2016Photo: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Now, what this means is that any qualifying item priced under $100 will not be taxed, even if you have more than one of those items are on a single invoice. In other words, if you buy five pairs of shoes for your children priced at $50 each during the same transaction, no sales tax will be applied to any of those items even though the transaction will total more than $100. It makes for a perfect time to go school shopping!

Keep and mind, though, that there are a few exclusions and restrictions. For instance, specialty clothing items or footwear designed only for the purpose of athletic activities or for protection during a sports activity, such as cleats or football pads are not exempt from sales tax. Other items that are required to be taxed are listed on the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website.