As of the time of this writing, we are just over a month away from the kiddos heading back to school. I know, the summer just isn't long enough anymore, is it? So that means that families are starting to prepare for the big back to school shopping spree. Many are waiting on a special weekend in Texas so they can save a few important dollars by not having to pay sales tax on select clothes, accessories and school supplies.

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The school supply tax free holiday begins Friday, August 5 and ends at midnight Sunday, August 7, 2022 in Texas. This means that select school supplies, clothes and shoes, backpacks and more items under $100 can be bought without having to pay sales tax. Overall, this can save East Texas families a good bit of money which is never a bad thing.

The list of clothes available to be exempt is pretty lengthy but the highlights of what's eligible are:

  • Athletic socks
  • Select backpacks
  • Coats and jackets
  • Select sports equipment
  • Cloth or deposable masks
  • Select shoes
  • School uniforms

You can see the full list of what is and isn't eligible at the Texas Comptroller's Website. What is marked with an E is exempt, what is marked with a T is taxable.

Pretty much all school supplies are eligible to be tax free. Those include:

  • Binders
  • Blackboard chalk
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Cellophane tape
  • Compasses
  • Composition books
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue, paste and paste sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Index cards
  • Index card boxes
  • Legal pads
  • Lunch boxes
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Protractors
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Writing tablets

Get all the specifics at the Texas Comptroller's Website.

There you go, get ready for some big days of shopping the first weekend of August not only in East Texas but across our state.

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