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2013 Texas Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through Texas' Sales Tax Holiday


Texas holds two sales tax holidays. The first one is May 25-27, 2013, for Energy Star products. The Texas sales tax holiday for school items includes clothing, footwear and backpacks and runs in August. Dollar limits are per item. Qualifying products put into layaway during the sales tax holiday will not be taxed.

Neighboring states Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma also offer sales tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers.

Texas Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 16-18, 2013

Clothing Exempt from Texas Sales Tax

These qualifying items must cost under $100:
  • Athletic Socks
  • Baby Clothes
  • Belts With Attached Buckles
  • Blouses
  • Caps and Hats
  • Coats and Wraps
  • Coveralls
  • Diapers (adult and baby, cloth and disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Gloves (general use)
  • Graduation Caps and Gowns
  • Gym Suits and Jogging Suits
  • Hooded Shirts and Sweatshirts
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Neckwear
  • Pants
  • Rainwear
  • Scout Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Undergarments
  • Uniforms

Footwear Exempt from Texas Sales Tax

Shoes under $100 are free from tax if they are:
  • Boat Shoes
  • Cowboy Books
  • Cross Trainers
  • Dress Shoes
  • Flip-Flops
  • Hiking Boots
  • Jellies
  • Safety Shoes (as street wear)
  • Sandals
  • Shoes (general)
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Walking Shoes

School Supplies Exempt from Sales Tax

In 2009, Texas added school supplies under $100 to its list of tax free items for the first time in 10 years, including:
  • Binders
  • Blackboard Chalk
  • Book Bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane Tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders (expandable, manila, plastic and pocket)
  • Glue, Paste and Paste Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Index Card Boxes
  • Legal Pads
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Paper (loose-leaf ruled notebook paper, colored, construction, copy, graph, manila, tracing paper and poster board)
  • Pencil Boxes and Other School Supply Boxes
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rules
  • Scissors
  • Writing Tablets

Backpacks Exempt from Sales Tax

Backpacks less than $100 that will be used by elementary and secondary school students are not taxable. The state of Texas has special rules regarding backpacks. A backpack must have straps. Backpacks with wheels are eligible for the sales tax holiday as long as they can also be worn on the back.

Taxable Items

Cleats, hair accessories, handbags, helmets, jewelry and safety clothing are sample items not eligible for the sales tax holiday.
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