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Texas TAX free weekend, what you gonna buy??

Posted by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:00 AM
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So are you going to take advantage of the tax free shopping???

what is on your list to buy? Are there any good deals to be aware of?



Sales Tax Holiday

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August 19 - 21, 2011

Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 19, 20 and 21 - the state's annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

School Supplies

The 81st Texas Legislature passed HB 1801 (2009) expanding the list of items qualifying for exemption from Texas state and local sales and use taxes during the annual sales tax holiday in August. In addition to clothes, footwear and some backpacks, Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

The following is an all-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies (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 sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

No exemption certificate is required - with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the supplies under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student. “Under a business account” means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.

List of Clothing, Footwear and Backpacks, and Their Exemption Status

TAX-FREE


  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks for use by elementary 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 shirts and hooded sweatshirts
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jerseys - baseball and football
  • Jogging apparel
  • Neckwear and ties
  • Pajamas
  • Pants and trousers
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Robes
  • Shirts
  • Shoes - sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
  • Socks (including athletic)
  • Shorts
  • Suits, slacks, and jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweat suits
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Underclothes
  • Work clothes and uniforms
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hmommy07
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:02 AM

bump!

dmarie2101
by Diamond Member on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:03 AM
im getting the kids school supplies and clothes. not bc its tax free but bc ive put it off til now. school starts monday. :ox i was going to do it last tuesday actually, but got some really bad news that morning and just havent gotten back around to it til now. so anything that i get tax free is just a bonus. lol
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TygerLily62
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:03 AM
I just heard about this! I'm buying... Nothing :(
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heathermichelle
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:04 AM

We had ours 2 weekends ago

LindAngeLevi
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:04 AM
Wait what I'm lost I haven't heard of this....
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harpsichord
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:05 AM

i don't think Ohio is doing that. I don't mind paying taxes, so nbd.

TMarie84
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:05 AM


Quoting LindAngeLevi:

Wait what I'm lost I haven't heard of this....


Lisse_2006
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Florida's was last weekend. We got clothes, supplies and books :)

PEEK05
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Tax free shopping?

hmommy07
by on Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:21 AM

i just heard it on the radio tonight... i totally forgot about it.

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