Sales Tax Holiday
Big Thicket Messenger - August 2007
The date for the annual Texas sales tax holiday has been changed from the first weekend of August to the third weekend of the month, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
Combs also announced that backpacks, a standard item on many kids’ school supply lists, may now be purchased tax-free during the three-day event.
“From now on, the sales tax holiday will occur on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August,” Combs said. “This year, the date is August 17-19.”
Since many school districts are now starting classes later in the year, the 80th Texas Legislature changed the date of the sales tax holiday to move it closer to the first day of school.
During the sales tax holiday, children’s and adult’s clothing and shoes priced less than $100 – and now backpacks that cost less than $100 – are exempt from state and local sales taxes.
“The Legislature responded to parents’ requests to add backpacks to the list of tax-exempt items,” Combs said. “Backpacks can be expensive, especially for parents who have to buy them for several children, a tax break helps.”
Combs also announced that starting in May 2008, energy-efficient appliances will be exempt from sales tax during the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
Certain appliances with a federal Energy Star rating will be tax-free, including washing machines, dishwashers, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, programming thermostats and incandescent fluorescent light bulbs.
Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less and refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less can also be purchased tax-free at that time.
“Texas consumers will save about $8 for every $100 they spend on qualifying appliances,” Combs said. “Even more importantly, they will reap savings on their utility bills buy purchasing energy-efficient appliances, and the demand for electricity will be reduced.”
The Comptroller predicted families will save about $52.1 million in sales taxes, during the August sales tax holiday.
Among the tax-free items on the list for the August event include baby clothes, belts with attached buckles, both cowboy and hiking boots, baseball, fishing, golf and knitted caps/hats, coats and wraps, adult and baby diapers, dresses, most gloves, gym suits and uniforms, hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts, hosiery, jackets, jeans, baseball and football jerseys, jogging apparel, neckwear and ties, pajamas, pants and trousers, raincoats and ponchos, robes, shirts, shoes, including sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis and walking, socks, shorts, suits, slacks and jackets, sweat shirts, sweat suits, sweaters, underclothes, work clothes and uniforms.
For more information about the sales tax holiday, visit www.window.state.tx.us/taxes/.