Texas Tax Free Weekend 2018: Dates, Times & What Qualifies


Texas broke the mold from previous years and has started holding its Texas Tax Free Weekend during the second weekend in August rather than the first weekend, like it used to do. Last year was the first year Texas did this new schedule, and this year the state is following this new tradition again. So this year, Texas’ tax free weekend is this weekend, August 10-12, 2018. That means the tax free savings started at midnight on Friday, August 10 (or whenever the stores you’re visiting open) and ends at 11:59 p.m. this Sunday night.

Items that Qualify for Tax-Free Status in Texas

Any qualified item that costs less than $100 is tax free this weekend. In general, this includes clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (but it gets a little more specific than this.) If an item would qualify but it costs $115, it’s not tax free. But if an item qualifies and costs $75, you can get as many of those $75 items as you want and they’ll all be tax free.

Clothing & Footwear

Here are examples of clothing and footwear items that qualify. For a more complete list, visit Texas’ pages about the topic here and here.

Almost any item of clothing or footwear will be tax free this weekend, unless it’s normally only worn for athletic activity.
Tennis shoes, swimsuits, and jogging suits are examples of items you might use for an athletic purpose but do still qualify for tax free status. Boots qualify, unless they are work boots like rubber work boots, fishing waders, or galoshes.
Backpacks sold for elementary or secondary students, including backpacks with wheels or messenger bags
You can only get 10 or fewer backpacks and qualify for tax-free status. More than 10 requires an exemption certificate.
Adult diapers
Household aprons (welder-type aprons do not qualify)
Baby bibs, baby clothes, and baby diapers
Hats, such as baseball caps
Neckwear like bow ties, neck ties
Suspenders
Bras, hosiery, and socks
Chef’s uniforms, clerical vestments
Children’s costumes, masks for costumes
Coats, wraps, jackets
Earmuffs if they’re for cold weather, and scarves
Graduation caps and gowns
Pajamas
Religious clothing
School Supplies that Qualify

According to the Texas Comptroller, the list below is an all-inclusive list of school supplies that do qualify for tax free status as long as they’re under $100 each. (Note: You’ll need an exemption certificate if you’re buying the supplies with a business account, business credit card, or business check.)

Binders
Blackboard chalk
Book bags
Calculators
Cellophane tape
Compasses
Composition books
Crayons
Erasers
Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
Glue, paste and paste sticks
Highlighters
Index cards
Index card boxes
Kits*
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

Note that layaway items do qualify if you put it on layaway this weekend or make the final payment this weekend.

Rainchecks only qualify if you’re purchasing a rainchecked item during the holiday. A raincheck issued during the holiday won’t get you tax-free status for something you buy later.

Items that Do NOT Qualify …read more

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