The Texas Duty Free Weekend is this weekend, from Friday August 6, 2021 through Sunday August 8. Duty-free savings began at midnight on Friday August 6 and will officially end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. night.
Items qualifying for tax exempt status in Texas
You can check out the official Texas rules for the Tax Free Weekend and the official list of what qualifies and what does not qualify on the state’s website here. Below is a general overview to give you an idea of what you can buy tax-free, but check the state’s official website for official details.
Any qualifying item that costs less than $ 100 is tax free this weekend in Texas. This includes clothing, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks (but they must be qualifying items – not all items in these categories will be eligible.)
Clothing and footwear
Below are examples of eligible clothing and footwear. For a more complete list, visit the Texas pages here and here for a list of taxable and exempt items. The items below are exempt (free) of taxes.
- Tennis shoes, swimsuits, and jogging tracksuits are examples of items that you can use for sporting purposes, but do still eligible for tax exempt status.
- Backpacks sold for elementary or secondary school students are tax free, but backpacks for other purposes will be taxed.
- Adult diapers
- Household aprons
- Bibs, baby clothes and baby diapers
- Hats, like baseball caps
- Ties like bow ties, ties
- Bras, hosiery, underwear, boxers, undershirts, coveralls, nightgowns and socks
- Chef’s uniforms, office clothes
- Children’s costumes, masks for costumes
- Coats, shawls, jackets, raincoats, ponchos
- Earmuffs if they are for cold weather and scarves
- Graduation caps and gowns
- Religious clothing
- Dresses, skirts, shorts and tennis shoes
- Golf caps, golf dresses, golf jackets, gold shirts and golf skirts, but NOT golf shoes, golf handbags or golf gloves
- Safety shoes adaptable to street wear
- Sweaters, shirts, tracksuits, shorts
- Masks (disposable tissue and facial tissue) but NOT N-95 masks or sports masks
Eligible school supplies
According to the Texas Comptroller, the list below is a all inclusive list of school supplies that do are eligible for tax exempt status as long as they are less than $ 100 each.
- Blackboard chalk
- Book bags
- Composition books
- Backrests – expandable, pocket, plastic and shackle
- Glue, glue and glue sticks
- Card boxes
- Kits (taxation depends on the extent of exempt items versus taxable items in kits)
- Legal stamps
- Lunch boxes
- Markers (including dry erase markers)
- Paper – loose-leaf lined notebook paper, copy paper, grid paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
- Pencil boxes and other boxes of school supplies
- The scissors
- Writing tablets
Items that do NOT qualify for Texas tax exempt status
The following items are examples of items that do not qualify for tax exempt status. See the links in the section above for official and more detailed Texas programming.
- Clothing designed only for sports activity or protective use.
- Sports equipment only such as golf cleats, soccer pads, baseball gloves.
- Any rented clothing or shoe.
- Alteration or cleaning services
- All accessories, such as jewelry, wallets, watches, belt buckles sold separately, handbags, watch straps, briefcases, etc.
- Hair accessories are also not eligible, including barrettes, bobby pins, hair ties, headbands, clips, etc.
- Bags, such as handbags, purses, briefcases, or luggage.
- Umbrellas and handkerchiefs
- Corsages, buttonholes
- Protective glasses
- Safety clothing and accessories (except disposable cloth and cloth masks). N-95 masks do NOT benefit from tax exemption.
- Shoe laces and inserts
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