It's the Texas Tax Free Weekend!

If you're going out to shop this weekend, prepare for long lines because it's the Texas Tax Free Weekend now through midnight this Sunday, August 13th.

Online Purchases and Telephone Orders

This weekend you can buy qualifying items in-store, online, by telephone, mail, custom order, or any other means. The sale of the item must take place during the specific period. The purchase date is easy to determine when the purchase is made in-store but becomes more complicated with remote purchases. The purchaser must have given the consideration for the item during the period even if the item may not be delivered until after the period is over.

For example, if you enter your credit card information in an online shopping website this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. to purchase qualifying school supplies, but the school supplies will not be shipped until next Friday Aug. 18, 2023 and will not arrive until Tuesday Aug. 22, the purchase will still qualify for the exemption. However, if the charge to your credit card is declined by the payment processor at 11:00 p.m. this Sunday Aug. 13, 2023 and the purchaser does not resubmit payment until this Monday Aug. 14, the purchase is taxable.

Clothing and shoes under $100 are tax free, and that applies to online sales too. Also exempt, diapers! But there are many items that are not tax exempt. Ready? Let's go:

(T) = Taxable; (E) = Exempt

Accessories (generally) (T)

Baseball accessories

Boots (general purpose) (E)

Football accessories

Golf accessories

Safety accessories

Shoes (generally) (E)

Tennis accessories

Vests (generally) (E)

School Supplies

According to the Texas Comptroller's Office, only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.

Items That Do Not Qualify

The following items do not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday:

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