SAN ANTONIO – The next school year is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing for the big shopping season.
Shoppers can save money on clothing and school supplies during the first weekend in August, which marks the state sales tax exemption.
From August 5-7, consumers can save approximately $8 for every $100 spent on qualifying items.
Most clothing, shoes, backpacks and school supplies priced under $100 will not be taxed, but there are exceptions.
Jewelry, handbags, umbrellas and wallets are not eligible for the exemption. Luggage, briefcases, gym bags and clothing alterations such as embroidery are also not eligible, but diapers are on the list of tax-exempt items. Face masks are also exempt, although masks will not be required in Texas schools this fall.
“Most Texans won’t hear the back-to-school bell for a month, but it’s never too early to take advantage of the opportunity to save money on everything from schoolbags to ballpoint pens.” , Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a statement. Release. “With inflation driving up prices on just about everything, this sales tax exemption offers Texas families a little relief to manage the costs associated with getting kids back to school. As a father of three school-aged children myself, I know how much those expenses can add up.
The release says buyers will save $112 million in state and local taxes during this time.
The exemption applies to purchases made by phone, mail, or custom order as long as the customer pays for the order and the seller accepts that order during the tax-free period.
You can get the full list of taxable and exempt items online and learn more about the rules for duty-free shopping.
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