Texas’ sales tax holiday is this weekend. These are the lists you need to see to make sure you’re buying qualifying products.


HOUSTON – Texas’ sales tax holiday is here. During the three-day event, shoppers have a chance to save money on school supplies and more.

Shoppers will be able to save money on footwear, school supplies and backpacks from Aug. 6-8. During this period state law exempts sales tax on items priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Some of the items you might not expect on these list are diapers, work uniforms, leather items and workout clothes. Take a deeper dive in the links below to and see if things you’ve been waiting to buy or plan to buy in the coming year are listed for this tax-free weekend.

This is a good time to stock up to save, but to buy smart -- only buy things you know you’ll use.

You can print out the lists below to help plan your shopping. Just a note: “T” means taxable. “E” means exempt. The “E” items are those you won’t have to pay tax on this weekend.

“For many families with children who are going back to their school campuses for the first time since the pandemic began, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “As a father with three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”

During the tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax-free online or by phone, mail, custom order or in-store purchases when either:

- the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or

- the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Clothing and school supplies that can be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

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