Texas Tax Free List For Sales Tax Holiday August 15th-August 17th


Tax Free Shopping

Tax Free Shopping

Get ready for tax free shopping this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Texas stores. 

As a parent, I have to think about saving the equivalent of two or three happy meals this weekend  in sales tax versus spending the weekend standing in long lines and fighting traffic.

Remember:  School supplies are not tax-exempt.  I have not been able to determine if lunch kits are exempt.   I do know all backpacks under $100 are exempt if they do not have the metal frame inside like luggage.

Not Tax-Free

Not Tax-Free

Here is the official tax-free list from the Texas Comptroller’s Office:


Here is an abbreviated tax free list from the Fox News site http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7113816&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1:

List of Items and Their Exemption Status


  • Baby clothes
  • Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students
  • Belts with attached buckles
  • Boots – cowboy, hiking
  • Caps/hats – baseball, fishing, golf, knitted
  • Coats and wraps
  • Diapers – adult and baby
  • Dresses
  • Gloves (generally)
  • Gym suits and uniforms
  • Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jerseys – baseball and football
  • Jogging apparel
  • Neckwear and ties
  • Pajamas
  • Pants and trousers
  • Raincoats and ponchos
  • Robes
  • Shirts
  • Shoes – sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking
  • Socks (including athletic)
  • Shorts
  • Suits, slacks, and jackets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Sweat suits
  • Sweaters
  • Swimsuits
  • Underclothes
  • Work clothes and uniforms

I plan to work with what clothes we already have  left from last year and wait for the Columbus day sales in October.

Happy shopping!


2 Responses

  1. Lunch boxes are not Tax exempt. Although, in my personal opinion, that and school supplies should be. I meen after all, wasn’t the whole idea of having a tax free weekend right before school starts to help parents get their kids ready for school?

    I guess they don’t want to loose out on that much money. but still… Of all the random items…Adult Diapers??? Oh Come on now! Seriously, Who’s job was deciding which items are and are not going to be tax-free anyway?

  2. Exactly what I think as well. I think we should all boycott the stores. My interest is SCHOOL SUPPLIES!!! Not a stupid suit or apron or adult diaper or baby clothes for pete’s sake! I guess I will go and purchase underclothes and socks as that is all that is worth buying. I would purchase notebooks, protractors, rulers, crayons, kleenex. It would even be nice if books would be on the list for middle school and high school, or textbooks for college students. Who ever came up with what was on the list was definitely big business retailers. Not the people who have school children!

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