‘No sales tax’ weekend will begin Friday

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items during the state’s annual sales tax holiday coming up this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. throughout the state.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Most folks won’t hear the back-to-school bell for another month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from ball caps to ballpoint pens,” Hegar said.

“As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up,” he said.

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at p.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday, he said.

Texas’ tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

CLOTHING/FOOTWEAR— According to the Comptroller’s Office, here are some details on clothing and footwear, two of the categories in which many questions are asked during the annual sales tax holiday:

Retailers are not required to collect state and local sales or use tax on most footwear and clothing that are sold for less than $100 during the holiday.

Exemption certificates are not required.

The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.

For example, if a customer purchases two shirts for $80 each, then both items qualify for the exemption, even though the customer’s total purchase price ($160) exceeds $99.99.

The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99.

For example, if a customer purchases a pair of pants that costs $110, then sales tax is due on the entire $110.

The exemption also does not apply to sales of special clothing or footwear that the manufacturer primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and that is not normally worn except when used for the athletic activity or protective use for which the manufacturer designed the article.

For example, golf cleats and football pads are primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use and are not normally worn except for those purposes; they do not qualify for the exemption.

Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, are commonly worn for purposes other than athletic activity and thus qualify for the exemption.

The sales tax holiday exemption does not extend to rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to alteration (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes.


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