Texas sales tax holiday August 7-9

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers about the annual sales tax holiday that begins Friday, August 7 and ends on Sunday, August 9.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax. Official estimate this could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

Here is a list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100).

  • Binders
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers (including dry erase markers)
  • Notebooks
  • Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

For a complete list of qualifying clothing, footwear and other items sold during the August sales tax holiday can be found on the Comptroller’s website here.

Officials say that this year shoppers will save an estimated $87 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday. The holiday has been an annual event since 1999.