Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers the annual
sales tax holiday for certain clothing items, footwear, backpacks and
school supplies is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-9.
The law exempts sales tax on qualified items priced below $100, saving
shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. The date of the sales tax
holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set in statute by the Texas
The statute specifically excludes special clothing or footwear that is
primarily designed for athletic activity (cleats, baseball gloves, etc.) or
protective use (industrial or medical-grade masks) and that is not normally
worn except when used for that activity. However, cloth and disposable
fabric face masks meet the definition of an article of clothing and are
exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday.
Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on
the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org
The Comptroller’s office encourages all consumers to promote social
distancing while shopping at local retail locations. During the annual
sales tax holiday, qualifying items also can be purchased online or by
telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store
purchases) tax free, when either:
– the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during
the exemption period; or
– the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the
order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery
is made after the exemption period ends.
Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.