The 2020 - 2021 school year is quickly approaching and soon we'll be purchasing those much needed school supplies.

Without a doubt school is going to look very different this year, with that in mind, Tyler ISD's first day of class will be Wednesday, August 19th while Longview ISD's first day of class will be Monday, August 17th and Jacksonville ISD's first day of class will be Tuesday, August 18th. Now whether your student will be attending school in the classroom or online, they're going to need school supplies and we all could use a break when purchasing them.

To help ease the pain of purchasing school supplies, the State of Texas offers a 'Tax Free Weekend' for back to school shopping. This year's tax free weekend is August 7th through 9th. During the annual sales tax holiday you can buy most clothing (including school uniforms and athletic apparel), footwear, backpacks (less than $100) and school supplies tax free from a store or online business within the state tax free.

There is a whole list of qualifying items along with exemptions on the Texas Comptroller website, including a list for:

The state sales tax rate is waived during this special weekend along with some local taxes, however, for those cities still charging local tax, you could still be paying some taxes, but they'll be low. Even if you place an order through an online retailer and have to wait for your items to arrive, your purchase still qualifies for tax exemption if purchase during the tax free window.

Good luck finding everything on your school supply list and the shoes in their size during Texas Tax Free Weekend August 7th - 9th.