Rain barrels and other alternative water-collection systems are tax-free May 28-30.
Texans can save money and conserve Saturday-Monday, May 28-30, during the combined sales tax holidays for products marked Energy Star and WaterSense. Other water-conserving items also qualify under guidelines from the Texas Comptroller’s office.
Qualifying Energy Star energy-efficient products can be purchased, rented, or leased and include:
air conditioners (with a sales price of $6,000 or less)
refrigerators (with a sales price of $2,000 or less)
incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs
Products that do NOT qualify and are taxable, even those marked Energy Star, include:
wine refrigerators, kegerators, and beverage chillers
Products marked WaterSense as well as many other water-conserving and water-efficient items qualify for the May 28-30 sales tax holiday. WaterSense products may be purchased tax-free for personal or business use. Items without a WaterSense logo are only tax-free if purchased for residential use.
Qualifying items include those used for:
conserving or retaining groundwater;
recharging water tables;
or decreasing ambient air temperature to limit water evaporation.
Examples of qualifying items include:
soaker or drip-irrigation hoses
moisture-control devices for sprinkler or irrigation systems
rain barrels or alternative rain- and moisture-collection systems
permeable ground cover surfaces that allow water to reach underground basins, aquifers, or water-collection points
plants, trees, and grasses
soil and compost
Examples of non-qualifying items include:
awnings and other items used to create shade
air conditioners and ceiling fans (certain ones can be purchased tax-free in the Energy Star sales tax holiday)