Plan Ahead for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday

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Plan Ahead for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday

For the past several years, the State of Texas has had one weekend in August where no sales tax is charged on purchases of clothing, shoes, school supplies and backpacks (as long as the item costs less than $100), officially referred to as the Texas Sales Tax Holiday weekend. The original motivation behind this was to offer parents a chance to buy their children new school clothes and supplies at the start of the new school year and save a little bit of money in the process. It has evolved into a big shopping weekend, and most clothing and shoe stores (as well as many other stores) plan big sales events around the weekend. Even stores that don’t sell items that qualify for tax free status tend to offer big discounts on this weekend.

This year, the selected dates for the sales tax holiday have been moved ahead one week, in part due to complaints in the past that the weekend was too close to the start of school. So if you are a shopping planner, and you like to save some money, combining no sales tax along with significant discounts from retailers could make August 9 – 11, 2013 an exciting weekend for you! So put those dates on your calendar now. In case you don’t like crowds, I would highly recommend you stay away from malls and clothing stores that weekend!

Below is the information from the Texas Comptroller’s Office:

August 9-11: New 2013 Sales Tax Holiday Dates

The recent passage of Senate Bill 485 (83rd Regular Legislative Session, 2013) changes the dates of this year’s annual Sales Tax Holiday to Aug. 9-11, a week earlier than previously scheduled. The law became effective immediately.

The Sales Tax Holiday gives Texas shoppers a break from state and local sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. Shoppers can save up to $8.25 for every $100 they spend.

Publication 98-490, Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend and Rule 3.365, Sales Tax Holiday – Clothing, Shoes and School Supplies tell you what you need to know.


Keith is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

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