Texas sales tax holiday to cash in this weekend

State’s consumers to save $64.8 million according to comptroller estimates

The state’s annual sales tax free-weekend is set Friday through Sunday.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the holiday, according to Comptroller Susan Combs.

The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

Full lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at: www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

All-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100):

SCHOOL SUPPLIES—Binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, manila), glue (paste and paste sticks), highlighters, index cards, index card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers (including dry erase markers), notebooks.

Also, 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 sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors, writing tablets.

CLOT HING, FOOT WEAR , OT HER ITEM S—The exempt items on this list must be priced under $100. The exemption does not extend to rental, alterations or cleaning services on these exempt items of clothing and footwear. They include:

Adult diapers, aprons (household), athletic socks, baby bibs, baby clothes, baby diapers (cloth or disposable), baseball caps, baseball jerseys, belts with attached buckles, blouses, boots (general purpose, cowboy, hiking), bow ties, bowling shirts, bras, camp clothes, caps (baseball, fishing, golf), chef uniforms, children’s novelty costumes, clerical vestments, coats and wraps, coveralls, diapers (cloth and disposable), dresses, employee uniforms (unless rented).

Also, fishing caps, fishing vests (non-flotation), football jerseys, gloves (generally, dress (unless rented)), leather, golf items (accessories, golf caps, golf dresses, golf jackets and windbreakers, shirts, skirts), graduation caps and gowns, gym suits and uniforms, hats, hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts, hosiery (including support hosiery), hunting vests, jackets, jeans, jogging apparel, knitted caps or hats, leg warmers, leotards and tights, masks/costumes, neck wear and ties, nightgowns and nightshirts.

Also, painter pants, pajamas, pants, pantyhose, raincoats and ponchos, rain hats, religious clothing, robes, safety shoes (adaptable for street wear), scarves, scout uniforms, shawls and wraps, shirts, shirts (hooded), shoes (boat, cross trainers, dress, flip-flops, jellies, running (without cleats), safety (suitable for everyday use), sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking).

Also, shor ts, skir ts, sleepwear (nightgowns, pajamas), slippers, slips, soccer socks, socks, suits (slacks and jackets), support hosiery, suspenders, sweatshirts, sweat suits, sweaters, swimsuits, tennis accessories (dresses, shorts, shoes, skirts), ties (neckties—all), tights, trousers, underclothes, underpants, undershirts, uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire), veils, vests (fishing/non-flotation, hunting), work clothes, work uniforms, workout clothes.

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