School supplies added to Aug. 21-23 sales tax holiday

For the first time in 10 years, Texas' annual August sales tax holiday will include school supplies, according to Comptroller Susan Combs

The 2009 tax-free holiday runs Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.

In the past, tax-free purchases have been limited to school backpacks, clothing and shoes.

This year, school supplies priced less than $100 will be exempt from state and local sales tax for the tax-free weekend. Pens, crayons, calculators, notebooks and lunch boxes are a few of the items on the list.

Lay-away plans can be used this year to take advantage of the tax holiday, according to the comptroller's office.

Texas' combined state and local sales tax is 8.25 percent. "That means qualifying purchases made during the tax holiday will result in a savings of about $8 on every $100 spent," Combs said.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Here's an all-inclusive list of school supplies that will be tax-free, if priced less than $100:

Binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons.

Erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila), glue, paste and paste sticks, highlighters, index cards, index card boxes.

Legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper).

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpener, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors, writing tablets. CLOTHING

General list of clothing, footwear and its taxing status:

Non-taxed

Baby Clothes, Backpacks for use by elementar y and secondary students, Belts with attached buckles, boots (cowboy, hiking).

Caps/hats (baseball, fishing, golf, knitted), coats and wraps, diapers (adult and baby), dresses, gloves (generally).

Gym suits and uniforms, hooded shir ts and hooded sweatshirts, hosiery, jackets, jeans.

Jerseys (baseball and football), jogging apparel, neckwear and ties, pajamas, pants.

Raincoats and ponchos, robes, shirts, shoes (sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking).

Socks (including athletic), shorts, suits, slacks and jackets, sweatshir ts, sweat suits, sweaters, swimsuits, underclothes, work clothes, uniforms.

Taxed

Accessories (generally), barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches.

Backpacks (unless for use by elementary and secondary students).

Baseball cleats and pants, Belt buckles (without belt), Boots (climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders).

Buttons and zippers, cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics, dry cleaning services.

Football pants, golf gloves, handbags and purses, handkerchiefs, hard hats.

Helmets (bicycle, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports), ice skates, jewelry, laundering services.

Leather goods (except belts with buckles and wearing apparel), pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder), personal flotation devices.

Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes), roller blades and skates.

Safety clothing, glasses, shoes (bicycle-cleated, bowling, golf).


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