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A socially-distant Texas Sales Tax Holiday

Whether you’re online learning or in-class, the Texas sales tax holiday is still on – Friday, Aug. 7, through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9, but there are a few updates.

Texas sales tax holiday weekend is much anticipated as it exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which saves you roughly $8 on every $100 you spend! As per usual, criteria pertaining to which items qualify for the exemption and which do not, and all the rules and regulations are spelled out. Visit HERE  before you hit the stores (more detail below).

And because nothing is normal this year, the Texas Comptroller’s office is promoting socially distant shopping for back to school 2020. During the Tax-Free Weekend, Texans can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax-free, when either:

  • the item is both delivered and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; 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.

A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for the exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

What is NOT included: Sorry moms, but accessories are not included.

  • jewelry
  • handbags
  • purses
  • briefcases
  • luggage
  • athletic/duffle/gym bags
  • computer bags
  • umbrellas
  • wallets
  • watches
  • and similar items are not included as exempt items

Additionally, the following are NOT included:

  • items sold for $100 or more
  • clothing subscription boxes
  • specially-designed athletic activity or protective-use clothing or footwear (for example, golf cleats and football pads are usually worn only when people play golf or football, so they do not qualify for the exemption. Tennis shoes, jogging suits, and swimsuits, however, can be worn for other than athletic activity and qualify for the exemption).
  • items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers
  • computers
  • software
  • textbooks
  • framed backpacks

The exemption also doesn’t extend to the rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to alteration (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes.

Back to School - Texas Sales Tax Holiday

QUALIFYING CLOTHING AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Follow these links to determine what clothing, footwear, backpacks, and schools supplies are eligible for the tax exemption:

LAYAWAYS

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying items tax-free when you:

  • make the final payment on an item already on layaway; or
  • choose an item and place it on layaway

SPECIAL ORDERS & RAINCHECKS

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying items tax-free, even if the items have to be ordered.

For example, if you pay for an $80 shirt that must be special-ordered or is on backorder, and you pick up the shirt after the sales tax holiday, then it still qualifies for the exemption.

If you buy the qualifying item after the sales tax holiday, a special order made or rain check given during the sales tax holiday does not qualify the item for exemption.

For example, if you place a special order (or receive a rain check) to buy a $50 shirt and do not pay for the shirt during the sales tax holiday, then the shirt is taxable.

Be prepared! Get your back-to-school shopping list together and block out time on your calendar for August 7-9 so you can take advantage of this sales tax holiday. And with all the money you save, you can treat yourself to a non-exempt purse or piece of jewelry. 😉

During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying items tax-free, even if the items have to be ordered.

For example, if you pay for an $80 shirt that must be special-ordered or is on backorder, and you pick up the shirt after the sales tax holiday, then it still qualifies for the exemption.

If you buy the qualifying item after the sales tax holiday, a special order made or rain check given during the sales tax holiday does not qualify the item for exemption.

For example, if you place a special order (or receive a rain check) to buy a $50 shirt and do not pay for the shirt during the sales tax holiday, then the shirt is taxable.

Source: https://comptroller.texas.gov/

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