As schools gear up for the first day of class, families are getting ready with new clothes, new gear, and, of course, school supplies. To help ease the impact of back-to-school shopping on Texans’ wallets, the state offers a three-day sales tax holiday each year. For 2020, that weekend is Friday-Sunday, Aug. 7-9.
For those three days, shoppers will get a pass on sales tax on most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks purchased. The exemption applies to qualified items that sell for less than $100 individually.
The exemption applies to those items bought in a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller that does business in the state.
The Texas comptroller is encouraging shoppers to practice social distancing and other COVID-19 health and safety protocols while shopping. As part of the annual event, people also can buy qualifying items and save the sales taxes online or by telephone, mail, or other means when items are both delivered and paid for by the customer during the exemption period or customers order and pay for items and sellers accept orders during the sales tax holiday period. Delivery can be made after the exemption period ends.
According to the state comptroller’s office, a seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.