AUSTIN, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) — You can save money on school supplies and other items when you shop during this weekend’s sales tax holiday in Texas.
This year’s Tax-Free Weekend begins Friday, Aug. 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller encourages everyone to continue practicing social distancing and support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks.
Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
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 exemption, and there is no tax refund available.
Online purchases and telephone orders
To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants residents to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, you 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
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.
An order is filled for immediate shipment regardless of whether the shipment is delayed due to a backlog of orders or because stock is currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the seller.
The Comptroller’s office urges everyone buying certain qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.
Qualifying items include:
For more information about the sales tax holiday click here