Family Shopping Review

“Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 4, 5, and 6 – the state’s annual tax holiday. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

The law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

A word of caution: If you sell items that do not qualify for the exemption, you may not advertise or promise that you will pay your customers’ sales tax. Additionally, you are prohibited from advertising that you will not collect sales tax on items that do not qualify. You may advertise that tax is included in the sales price of the taxable items that you sell, however.

For information on how to report tax on these sales, please visit Reporting Sales Tax on Tax-Free Items or call us toll free at 1-800-252-5555.”

[ Comptroller Letter | Extended List of Items | Rule �3.365, Sales of Clothing and Footwear During a Three-day Period in August ]

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Below is a selected list of items and their exemption status during the sales tax holiday.

TAX-FREE
Baby clothes
Belts with attached buckles
Boots – cowboy, hiking
Caps/hats – baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
Coats and wraps
Diapers – adult and baby
Dresses
Gloves (generally)
Gym suits and uniforms
Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
Hosiery
Jackets
Jeans
Jerseys – baseball and football
Jogging apparel
Neckwear and ties
Pajamas
Pants and trousers
Raincoats and ponchos
Robes
Shirts
Shoes – sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
Socks (including athletic)
Shorts
Suits, slacks, and jackets
Sweatshirts
Sweat suits
Sweaters
Swimsuits
Underclothes
Work clothes and uniforms

STILL TAXED
Accessories (generally) – barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches
Backpacks
Baseball cleats and pants
Belt buckles (without belt)
Boots – climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski, waders
Buttons and zippers
Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics
Dry cleaning services
Football pants
Golf gloves
Handbags and purses
Handkerchiefs
Hard hats
Helmets – bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports
Ice skates
Jewelry
Laundering services
Leather goods – except belts with buckles and wearing apparel
Pads – football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder
Personal flotation devices
Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes)
Roller blades and skates
Safety clothing, glasses
Shoes – bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf

Mom’s Note:
Dang, and I was going to come down just to purchase a hard hat to match the personal flotation device that I had picked out!

Mom’s Other Note:
Nice to see that the state of Texas is assisting the thieves with their apparel tax free (i.e. hooded sweatshirts, gloves, sweatpants, etc.).

Dad’s Note:
The arbitrary lists of government. Be sure to get one of those belt buckles about the size of a hubcap during the tax-free sale!

Mom’s Rebuttal Note:
Oh no, those are not tax free! Unless you break down and get it WITH a belt. But if you get that, you MUST purchase a pair of cowboy boots to match!

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