The Texas Tax Free Weekend runs this weekend from Friday, August 6, 2021 through Sunday, August 8. Tax-free savings began on Friday, August 6th at midnight and officially ends that Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
Items that qualify for tax-free status in Texas
You can check out the Texas Official Rules for the Tax Free Weekend and the official list of what and what doesn’t on the state website here. A general overview is provided below to give you an idea of what to buy tax-free, but consult the state’s official website for official details.
All qualifying items that cost less than $ 100 are tax-free in Texas this weekend. This includes clothing, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks (but these must be qualifying items – not every item in these categories is qualified.)
Clothes & shoes
Below are examples of suitable clothing and shoes. For a more complete list, see the Texas pages here and here for a list of taxable and tax-exempt items. The following items are tax free (free).
- Tennis shoes, swimsuits, and jogging suits are examples of items that you can use for athletic purposes but are still tax-free.
- Backpacks sold for elementary or secondary school students are tax-free, but backpacks for other uses are taxed.
- Adult diapers
- Household aprons
- Baby bibs, baby clothes and baby diapers
- Hats, like baseball caps
- Ties like bow ties, ties
- Bras, hosiery, underwear, pants, undershirts, briefs, nightgowns and socks
- Cooking uniforms, clerical robes
- Children’s costumes, masks for costumes
- Coats, wraps, jackets, raincoats, ponchos
- Cold weather earmuffs and scarves
- Graduation caps and gowns
- Religious clothing
- Tennis dresses, skirts, shorts and shoes
- Golf hats, golf dresses, golf jackets, gold shirts and golf skirts, but NO golf shoes, golf bags or golf gloves
- Roadworthy safety shoes
- Sweaters, shirts, tracksuits, shorts
- Masks (cloth and disposable face cloth), but NO N-95 masks or sports masks
Qualifying school supplies
According to the Texas Comptroller, the following list is a comprehensive list of school supplies that are tax-free as long as they are under $ 100.
- Blackboard chalk
- Book bags
- Cellophane tape
- Composition books
- colored pencils
- Folder – expandable, pocket, plastic and manila
- Glue, paste and paste sticks
- Index cards
- Index card boxes
- Kits (tax liability depends on the amount of tax-exempt vs. taxable items in the kits)
- Lunch boxes
- Markers (including dry-erase markers)
- Paper – loose lined notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
- Pencil boxes and other boxes for school supplies
- pencil sharpener
- Writing boards
Items that DO NOT qualify for Texas Tax Free status
The following items are examples of items that are not tax-exempt. See the links in the section above for the official and more detailed breakdown of Texas.
- Clothing that is only intended for sporting activities or protective purposes.
- Sports equipment such as golf shoes, soccer pads, baseball gloves.
- Any rented clothing or shoes.
- Remodeling or cleaning services
- All accessories such as jewelry, purses, watches, belt buckles, purses, watch straps, briefcases and the like that are sold separately
- Hair accessories are also not eligible, including hair slides, bobby pins, hair bows, headbands, clips, and the like.
- Bags such as handbags, purses, briefcases or luggage.
- Umbrellas and handkerchiefs
- Corsages, boutonnieres
- Safety clothing and accessories (excluding fabric and disposable fabric face masks). N-95 masks are NOT tax exempt.
- Shoelaces and insoles
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