Back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend


TEXARKANA — Shoppers in Arkansas and Texas can stock up on school supplies and more without paying sales tax this weekend.

Texas’ annual sales tax holiday begins on Friday and Arkansas’s on Saturday. Both end Sunday at midnight. Shoppers can save money on a wide range of clothing, shoes, school and art supplies, backpacks, learning materials and electronics.

Details for both states follow.

ARKANSAS

“All retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on legally tax-exempt items during the sales tax holiday,” according to the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

Clothing items exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include the following. Items priced at $100 or more will remain taxable:

Aprons, household and shop

sports fans

Baby receiving blankets

Swimwear and caps

Beach capes and coats

Belts and braces

Boots

Coats and jackets

costumes

Diapers, including disposables

Earmuffs

Feet

Ceremonial clothes

Garters and garter belts

Sheaths

General purpose gloves and mittens

Hats and caps

Hosiery

Soles for shoes

Lab coats

Ties

shoe covers

Tights

Rainwear

rubber pants

Sandals

Scarves

Shoes and laces

Slippers

Sneakers

Socks and stockings

Steel Toe Shoes

Underwear

Uniforms, sports and non-sports

wedding clothes

Clothing accessories or items of equipment exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include the following. Items priced at $50 or more will remain taxable:

Briefcase

Beauty products

Hairdressing items, including barrettes, bows and hairnets

Hand bags

handkerchiefs

Jewelry

Sunglasses, non-prescription

Umbrellas

Wallets

Watches

Wigs and hairpieces

Electronic devices exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include:

Calculators

Mobile phones

computer monitors

Computer mouse

computer keyboards

desktop computers

Reading lights

Laptop

Printers

Tablets

School supplies exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include:

binders

Book bags

Tape

Blackboard chalk

Compass

Composition notebooks

Pencils

Erasers

Folders – stretch, pocket, plastic and manila

Glue, paste and dough sticks

Highlighters

Files

Card boxes

Legal blocks

Lunch boxes

Markers

Notebooks

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

Sharpener

Paper — lined loose-leaf notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper

Pencils

Pens

Rapporteurs

Rules

Scissors

Writing tablets

School art supplies exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include:

Clay and glazes

Paintings — acrylic, tempora and oil

Artwork Brushes

Sketching and drawing blocks

Watercolors

Educational materials exempt from sales tax in Arkansas will include:

Reference books

Reference maps and globes

Textbooks

Notebooks

TEXAS

“Qualifying items can be purchased duty-free at a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller a certificate of ‘exemption to purchase qualifying duty-free items’, according to the Texas Comptroller’s website.

Items priced at $100 or more will remain taxable.

Clothing items exempt from sales tax in Texas will include:

Adult diapers

Aprons (household)

Athletic socks

baby bibs

baby clothes

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)

Backpacks (for use by primary/secondary students)

BASEBALL ACCESSORIES

• Baseball Caps

• Baseball jerseys

Belts with attached buckles

blouses

BOOTS (GENERAL PURPOSES)

• Cowboy

• Trek

Bowtie

bowling shirts

Arms

Camping clothes

Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)

chef uniforms

Fancy costumes for children

office clothes

Coats and shawls

Combinations

Diapers (cloth and disposable)

Dresses

Earmuffs (cold weather)

Employee uniforms (unless rented)

Fishing Caps

Fishing vests (not floating)

FOOTBALL ACCESSORIES

• Soccer Jerseys

GLOVES (USUALLY)

• Dress (unless rented)

• Leather

GOLF ACCESSORIES

• Golf caps

• Golf dresses

• Golf jackets and windbreakers

• Golf shirts

• Golf Skirts

Graduation caps and gowns

Gymnastic costumes and uniforms

Hats

Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Hosiery, including supporting hosiery

Hunting vests

Jackets

jeans

jogging clothes

Beanies or knitted hats

Leggings

Leotards and tights

Masks, costumes

Disposable masks, cloths and tissues

Ties and ties

Nightgowns and nightgowns

Painter’s trousers

Pajamas

Trousers

Sticky

Raincoats and ponchos

Rain hats

religious clothes

Bathrobes

SAFETY ACCESSORIES

• Safety shoes (adaptable to streetwear)

Scarves

Scout uniforms

Shawls and shawls

Shirts

Shirts (hooded)

SHOES (IN GENERAL)

• Boat

• Ellipticals

• Dress

• Flip flops (rubber straps)

• Jellies

• Running (without crampons)

• Safety (suitable for everyday use)

• Sandals

• Slippers

• Sneakers and tennis

• Tennis

• While walking

Shorts

Skirts

Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas

Slippers

Leaflets

Soccer socks

Socks

Suits, pants and jackets

Support hosiery

Braces

Sweatshirts

Tracksuits

Sweaters

Swimwear

TENNIS ACCESSORIES

• Tennis dresses

• Tennis shorts

• Tennis shoes

• Tennis skirts

Ties (ties, all)

Tights

Trousers

Underwear

underpants

Undershirts

Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, post, police, firefighters)

Sails

VESTS (USUALLY)

• Fishing (not floating)

• Hunt

Work clothes

work uniforms

workout clothes

School supplies exempt from sales tax in Texas will include:

binders

Blackboard chalk

Book bags

Calculators

Tape

Compass

Composition notebooks

Pencils

Erasers

Folders – stretch, pocket, plastic and manila

Glue, paste and dough sticks

Highlighters

Files

Card boxes

Legal blocks

Lunch boxes

Markers (including dry erase markers)

Notebooks

Paper — lined loose-leaf notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

Sharpener

Pencils

Pens

Rapporteurs

Rules

Scissors

Writing tablets

Kits — For school supply kits that contain exempt items, as well as taxable items, taxation depends on the value of the exempt or taxable items they contain. There is no limit on the amount of school supplies in a kit, but if the value of the exempt items is greater than the taxable items, the kit is exempt. If the value of the taxable items is greater than the exempt items, the kit is taxable.

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