Texas Tax Free Weekend is August 17 – 19

Texas Tax Free Weekend starts August 17

 

Are you making your lists and checking them twice? No, it’s not Christmas but any cost-savings feels like it! It’s time for Tax Free weekend 2012, a great chance to stock up on school supplies and clothing for kids for Back to School!

This information was reprinted from:
http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html

As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

School Supplies that are Tax Exempt

The following is a list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100):

  • Binders
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Crayons
  • Composition books
  • Erasers
  • Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards, Index card boxes
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers, including dry erase markers
  • Notebooks and writing tablets
  • Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners, Pencils, Pens,
  • Protractors, Rulers and Scissors

For a complete list of clothing and other items that are Tax Exempt, please click here.
http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html

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