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Texas Comptroller office—
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar encourages all taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing and support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks during the annual tax-free weekend Friday, Aug. 7 through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
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, residents do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
The 8 percent discount applies to each individual item purchased for less than $100.
Tennis shoes, jogging outfits and swimsuits qualify because they can be worn for other things besides just playing, but golf shoes with cleats do not qualify.
To promote social distancing, Hegar said taxpayers 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; or
- 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.
Last year’s tax-free weekend generated an estimated $162 million in savings for Texans, according to the comptroller’s office.