Almost here: 2018 Texas Sales Tax Holiday

What you need to know before you shop!


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Back to school is creeping up on us and with that comes the long list of school supplies, clothing, shoes, backpacks, etc. that you will be purchasing for your littles. Don’t fret my friends! The 2018 Texas sales tax holiday is just around the corner – August 10-12.

This blessed law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save you about $8 on every $100 you spend!

Of course, there are specific criteria pertaining to which items qualify for the exemption and which do not, and all the rules and regulations are spelled out HERE so read up before you hit the stores.

Here’s a cool fact… the sales tax exemption applies to items purchased in person, online, by telephone, or by mail. You can also use a layaway plan to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

What it does NOT include: 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

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.


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

Clothing, Footwear and Other Items

School Supplies


Purchasing a qualifying item under a layaway plan qualifies for exemption if you place the qualifying merchandise on layaway during the holiday or make the final payment during the holiday.


Eligible items that you purchase during the holiday with use of a rain check qualify for the exemption regardless of when the rain check was issued. However, issuance of a rain check by a seller during the holiday period will not qualify an eligible item for the exemption if the item is actually purchased after the holiday is over even if the rain check is presented at the time of purchase.

Be prepared! Get your back-to-school shopping list together and block out time on your calendar for August 10-12 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. 😉

For more information about the Texas Sales Tax Holiday see the following FAQs.


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