State sales tax holiday to help parents with back to school shopping


Friday through Sunday, Texas parents doing back to school shopping for their children will get a break on their sales taxes. 

The office of the Texas Comptroller will implement a Sales Tax Holiday this weekend which exempts a long list of items from state sales taxes.

From Friday, Aug. 11 through Aug. 13 sales taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 will be exempt from sales taxes. The exemption will save Texans $8 on every $100 they spend, according to the Comptroller's office.

The Texas Legislature set the dates for this year's sales tax holiday. All sales of selected items made during the holiday period will qualify for the exemption including items sold online and by mail. Shoppers can also take advantage of the sales tax holiday by using layaway.

Among the items selected to be exempt are most school supplies and a long list of clothing items that cost less than $100. Also exempted are adult and baby diapers. Sports shoes and sports equipment are not exempt.  

For a complete list, parents can go to www.comptroller.texas.gov.