It’s almost time to be thinking about Back-to-School shopping so that must mean it is time for the Texas Sales Tax Holiday. For 2015, the dates for tax-free shopping will be August 7-9.
The Sales Tax Holiday includes pretty much anything your child needs to head back to the classroom. Here’s a brief rundown of what’s included (and what’s not):
Clothing & Footwear – Includes most clothing, hosiery items and shoes priced at $99 or under. Excluded are special clothing items made exclusively for athletics such as golf cleats, football pads, etc. Swimsuits and generic athletic clothing, however, are included. Lesser know fact: Diapers qualify as clothing and are exempt so if you have a little one, it’s a great time to stock up.
Backpacks – Backpacks under $99 are included. Excluded are luggage, briefcases, framed backpacks, and purses. Lesser known fact: Messenger bags are also considered a “school bag” and are tax-free.
School Supplies – Basically anything you need for school priced at $99 or less. Laptops and other electronic devices are excluded as are textbooks. Lesser know fact: Lunch boxes are a school supply so you can save the tax on those as well.
Many retailers will also have big sales to attract your business during the Sales Tax Holiday so take advantage of that. There are usually good end-of-summer clearance deals to be had as well. And let’s face it – we can wear those summer clearance clothes for months to come here in North Texas.
And one more lesser known fact for you – Items placed in layaway during the Sales Tax Holiday weekend are eligible for the exemption so if you need to pay out your back-to-school purchases, you can do that and still save the tax.
For the full list of what is exempt and what isn’t, visit the Texas Sales Tax Holiday website.