On Your Mark, Get Set, Tax Free Weekend Just Hours Away

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

Shoppers start your engines! The Texas back to school tax free weekend is about to begin!

This year Texas legislators expanded the eligible items for back-to-school shoppers. School supplies under $100, like pencils and paper, are included for the first time since the measure was introduced in 1999.

Binders, book bags, lunch boxes and scissors also made the
tax-free list.

Before, clothing costing under $100 made up most of the tax-free
items, including cowboy boots.

Classroom supplies for elementary and secondary students are
exempt. Most sports equipment is still taxed.

The sales tax-free period is Friday through Sunday. At some stores in Texas that means shopping can begin at Midnight. Across the Brazos Valley some stores will have expanded hours, meaning stores will open earlier and close later.

The sales tax holiday is estimated to have saved Texas families
nearly $442 million, officials say.


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