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Texas Tax Free Weekend 2022

When is tax free weekend in Texas?

This year, Texas’s tax free weekend goes from Friday, August 5 to 11:59pm on Sunday, August 7. During this sales tax holiday, taxes are exempt on certain items, like clothes and school supplies (so long as each item is sold for 100$). This allows parents to save money when purchasing essential supplies for the new school year.

Does Texas Tax-Free weekend include online purchases?

Yes! Purchases of qualifying items made online during the tax free weekend are also tax exempt, even if they don’t arrive until later. This means that if you order qualifying items before midnight on August 7, your purchase will be tax free. Orders over phone, by mail, and by any other means are also tax exempt.

Shipping, handling, and delivery charges are all considered as part of the sales price, so tax does not apply to them either. However, if you order a clothing or school supply item, and the sales price is over 100$ (including shipping and delivery), then the item is no longer tax exempt.

What items are tax exempt in Texas during tax free holiday weekend?

Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) are tax exempt during the tax-free holiday. Qualifying items include:

  • Clothing
    • Adult diapers
    • Aprons (household)
    • Baby bibs
    • Baby clothes
    • Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
    • Belts with attached buckles
    • Blouses
    • Bow ties, neckwear, and ties
    • Bras
    • Chef uniforms
    • Children’s novelty costumes
    • Clerical vestments
    • Coats and wraps
    • Coveralls
    • Dresses
    • Cold weather earmuffs
    • Employee uniforms (unless rented)
    • Dress gloves (unless rented)
    • Leather gloves
    • Graduation caps and gowns
    • Hats
    • Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
    • Hosiery, including support hosiery
    • Jackets
    • Jeans
    • Knitted caps or hats
    • Leg warmers
    • Mask (costume)
    • Nightgowns and nightshirts
    • Painter pants
    • Pajamas
    • Pants
    • Panty hose
    • Raincoats and ponchos
    • Rain hats
    • Religious clothing
    • Robes
    • Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear)
    • Scarves
    • Scout uniforms
    • Shawls and wraps
    • Shirts
    • Shirts (hooded)
    • Shorts
    • Skirts
    • Slips
    • Suits, slacks, and jackets
    • Suspenders
    • Sweatshirts and sweatsuits
    • Sweaters
    • Tights
    • Trousers
    • Undershirts
    • Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)
    • Veils
  • Footwear
    • Athletic socks
    • Boots (general purpose)
    • Cowboy boots
    • Hiking boots
    • Shoes
    • Boat shoes
    • Cross training shoes
    • Flip flops
    • Running shoes (without cleats)
    • Jellies
    • Sandals
    • Slippers
    • Sneakers and tennis shoes
    • Walking shoes
    • Socks
    • Soccer socks
  • Outdoors/Sport apparel
    • Baseball caps and jerseys (but not cleats, gloves, or pants)
    • Camp clothes
    • Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
    • Fishing vests (non-flotation)
    • Football jerseys (but not shoulder pads, sports helmets, etc)
    • Golf dresses
    • Golf jackets and windbreakers
    • Golf shirts
    • Gym suits and uniforms
    • Hunting vests
    • Jogging apparel
    • Leotards and tights
    • Swimsuits
    • Tennis dresses
    • Tennis shorts
    • Tennis skirts
  • School/office supplies
    • 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
    • School supply 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
    • Backpacks (including messenger bags. There is a limit to 10 backpacks per purchase.)

Computers are not tax free on tax-free weekends in Texas.

Other tax-free holidays in Texas

In addition to Texas’ August tax-free school supplies holiday, Texas has an annual emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday. In 2022, this holiday took place between April 23rd and 25th. During this period, taxes were exempt on:

  • Less than $3000
    • Portable generators
  • Less than $300
    • Emergency ladders
    • Hurricane shutters
  • Less than $75
    • Axes
    • Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
    • Can openers – nonelectric
    • Carbon monoxide detectors
    • Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
    • Fire extinguishers
    • First aid kits
    • Fuel containers
    • Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
    • Hatchets
    • Ice products – reusable and artificial
    • Light sources – portable self-powered (including battery operated)
      • Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
    • Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
    • Radios – portable self-powered (including battery operated) – includes two-way and weather band radios
    • Smoke detectors
    • Tarps and other plastic sheeting

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