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Sales Tax Holidays

Sales Tax Holidays for Water-Efficient and ENERGY STAR® Products Set for May 28-30

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on purchasing certain water-and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays.

The holidays, created by the Texas Legislature, take place Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30. The Texas Comptroller estimates shoppers will save about $14 million in state and local sales tax.

“Anyone who’s lived through a Texas summer knows triple-digit temperatures, outdated water systems, and inefficient appliances can strain our water supplies and power grids,” Hegar said. “By taking advantage of these sales tax holidays, Texans can make upgrades that will help alleviate those pressures and lower their utility bills — while saving money on state and local sales taxes.”

It is the seventh year of the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. You can purchase products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo tax-free for personal or business use, including showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controls.

The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors. Items qualifying for the exemption include:

  • Soaker or drip-irrigation hoses.
  • Moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems.
  • Mulch.
  • Plants, trees, and grasses.

You can purchase these items tax-free for residential use only.

There’s no limit on the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax-free. For more information on the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Comptroller’s website.

During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax-free. That includes air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, integral LED bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers, and clothes washing machines.

Visit the Comptroller’s website for more details about the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday.