3 things parents should know for Texas Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

August 11, 2018

During this weekend’s Texas Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 10 - 12, certain items priced less than $100 are exempt from state and local sales tax. But did you know shoppers can purchase much more than just school supplies tax-free? Keep the following three things in mind when you hit the stores.

1. Clothing and Footwear

Certain articles of clothing and footwear are tax-free during the holiday. These include multi-purpose athletic clothing as well as professional and school uniforms that are purchased, not rented.

2. Non-Qualifying Items

Some items don’t qualify. Clothing, footwear and protective-use gear specially designed for athletic activities are not included. However, multi-purpose clothing and footwear such as tennis shoes qualify for the exemption.

3. Lesser-Known Items

Some tax-free items won’t be on classroom supply lists. Hiking boots, bow ties, diapers, costumes and even veils - these items and much more are included. Check out the complete list. Parents might be surprised by what they find.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $90.3 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday, which has been an annual event since 1999.

This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 10, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 12.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

Questions? Visit TexasTaxHoliday.org. Have a happy tax holiday weekend!

Here’s the same lists found on the TexasTaxHoliday.org site.

Clothing, Footwear and Other Items - Qualifying and Nonqualifying Items

The items on this list that qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday must be priced under $100. Items that do not qualify for exemption are also included.

(T) = Taxable; (E) = Exempt

Accessories (generally) (T)

Barrettes (T)

Belt buckles (sold separately) (T)

Bobby pins (T)

Briefcases (T)

Elastic ponytail holders (T)

Hair bows (T)

Hair clips (T)

Handbags (T)

Handkerchiefs (T)

Headbands (T)

Jewelry (T)

Key cases (T)

Purses (T)

Wallets (T)

Watch bands (T)

Watches (T)

Adult diapers (E)

Alterations (T)

Aprons (household) (E)

Aprons (welders) (T)

Athletic socks (E)

Baby bibs (E)

Baby clothes (E)

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable) (E)

Backpacks (unless for use by elementary/secondary students) (T)

Baseball accessories

Baseball caps (E)

Baseball cleats (T)

Baseball gloves (T)

Baseball jerseys (E)

Baseball pants (T)

Bathing caps (T)

Belt buckles (T)

Belts with attached buckles (E)

Belts for weight lifting (T)

Bicycle shoes (cleated) (T)

Blouses (E)

Boots (general purpose) (E)

Climbing (cleated or spiked) (T)

Cowboy (E)

Fishing (waders) (T)

Hiking (E)

Overshoes and galoshes (T)

Rubber work boots (T)

Ski (T)

Waders (T)

Bow ties (E)

Bowling shirts (E)

Bowling shoes (rented and sold) (T)

Bras (E)

Buttons and zippers (T)

Camp clothes (E)

Caps (baseball, fishing, golf) (E)

Chef uniforms (E)

Children’s novelty costumes (E)

Chest protectors (T)

Clerical vestments (E)

Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics (T)

Clothing repair items, such as thread, buttons, tapes, and iron-on patches (T)

Coats and wraps (E)

Corsages and boutonnieres (T)

Coveralls (E)

Diapers (cloth and disposable) (E)

Dresses (E)

Dry cleaning services (T)


Cold weather (E)

Noise cancellation or noise cancelling (T)

Elbow pads (T)

Embroidery (T)

Employee uniforms (unless rented) (E)

Fabrics, thread, buttons, lace, patterns, knitting yarns (T)

Fins (swim) (T)

Fishing boots (waders) (T)

Fishing caps (E)

Fishing vests (non-flotation) (E)

Football accessories

Football jerseys (E)

Football pads (T)

Football pants (T)

Gloves (generally) (E)

Baseball (T)

Batting (T)

Bicycle (T)

Dress (unless rented) (E)

Garden (T)

Golf (T)

Hockey (T)

Leather (E)

Rubber (T)

Surgical (T)

Tennis (T)

Work (T)

Goggles (T)

Golf accessories

Golf caps (E)

Golf dresses (E)

Golf gloves (T)

Golf jackets and windbreakers (E)

Golf shirts (E)

Golf skirts (E)

Golf purses (T)

Golf shoes (T)

Graduation caps and gowns (E)

Gym suits and uniforms (E)

Hair nets, bows, clips, and barrettes (T)

Handbags and purses (T)

Handkerchiefs (T)

Hard hats (T)

Hats (E)

Headbands (T)

Helmets (bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports) (T)

Hockey gloves (T)

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts (E)

Hosiery, including support hosiery (E)

Hunting vests (E)

Ice skates (T)

Insoles (T)

Jackets (E)

Jeans (E)

Jewelry (T)

Jogging apparel (E)

Knee pads (T)

Knitted caps or hats (E)

Laundering services (T)

Leg warmers (E)

Leotards and tights (E)

Life jackets and vests (T)

Luggage (T)

Mask, costume (E)

Mask, protective - welder, umpire, swim (T)

Monogramming services (T)

Neckwear and ties (E)

Nightgowns and nightshirts (E)

Overshoes and rubber shoes (T)

Pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder) (T)

Paint or dust respirators and incidental supplies (T)

Painter pants (E)

Pajamas (E)

Pants (E)

Panty hose (E)

Patterns (T)

Personal flotation devices (T)

Pocket squares (T)

Protective gloves (T)

Protective masks (T)

Raincoats and ponchos (E)

Rain hats (E)

Religious clothing (E)

Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes) (T)

Repair of clothing or footwear (T)

Ribbons (T)

Robes (E)

Roller blades (T)

Roller skates (T)

Safety accessories

Safety clothing (normally worn in hazardous occupations) (T)

Safety glasses (except prescription) (T)

Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear) (E)

Safety shoes (not adaptable for street wear) (T)

Scarves (E)

Scout uniforms (E)

Sewing patterns (T)

Shawls and wraps (E)

Shin guards and padding (T)

Shirts (E)

Shirts (hooded) (E)

Shoe inserts (T)

Shoelaces (T)

Shoes (generally) (E)

Ballet (T)

Baseball cleats (T)

Bicycle (cleated) (T)

Boat (E)

Bowling (T)

Cleated or spiked (T)

Cross trainers (E)

Dress (E)

Fishing boots (waders) (T)

Flip-flops (rubber thongs) (E)

Football (T)

Golf (T)

Jazz and dance (T)

Jellies (E)

Overshoes (T)

Running (without cleats) (E)

Safety (suitable for everyday use) (E)

Sandals (E)

Slippers (E)

Sneakers and tennis (E)

Soccer (cleated) (T)

Spiked or cleated (T)

Tap dance (T)

Tennis (E)

Track and cleats (T)

Wading/water sport (T)

Walking (E)

Shoe shines (T)

Shoe repairs (T)

Shoulder pads (for dresses, jackets, etc.) (T)

Shoulder pads (football, hockey, sports) (T)

Shorts (E)

Shower caps (T)

Skates (ice and roller) (T)

Ski boots (snow) (T)

Ski suits (snow) (T)

Ski vests (water) (T)

Skirts (E)

Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas (E)

Slippers (E)

Slips (E)

Soccer socks (E)

Socks (E)

Sports helmets (T)

Sports pads (football, hockey, soccer, knee, elbow, shoulder) (T)

Suits, slacks, and jackets (E)

Sunglasses (except prescription) (T)

Support hosiery (E)

Suspenders (E)

Sweatbands (arm, wrist, head) (T)

Sweatshirts (E)

Sweat suits (E)

Sweaters (E)

Swimming masks and goggles (T)

Swimsuits (E)

Tennis accessories

Tennis dresses (E)

Tennis shorts (E)

Tennis shoes (E)

Tennis skirts (E)

Ties (neckties - all) (E)

Tights (E)

Track shoes and cleats (T)

Trousers (E)

Umbrellas (T)

Underclothes (E)

Underpants (E)

Undershirts (E)

Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire) (E)

Veils (E)

Vests (generally) (E)

Bulletproof (T)

Fishing (non-flotation) (E)

Flotation (T)

Hunting (E)

Scuba (T)

Water-ski (T)

Wallets (T)

Watch bands (T)

Watches (T)

Water ski vests (T)

Weight lifting belts (T)

Wet and dry suits (T)

Work clothes (E)

Work uniforms (E)

Workout clothes (E)

Wrist bands (T)

School Supplies

Only the school supplies on this list priced under $100 qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday.


Blackboard chalk

Book bags


Cellophane tape


Composition books



Folders - expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila

Glue, paste and paste sticks


Index cards

Index card boxes


Legal pads

Lunch boxes

Markers (including dry erase markers)


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

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

Pencil sharpeners






Writing tablets

* For kits of school supplies that contain exempt items, as well as taxable ones, the taxability depends on the value of exempt or taxable items in it. There is no limit on the quantity of school supplies in a kit, but if the value of the exempt items is more than the taxable ones, the kit is exempt. If the value of the taxable items is more than the exempt ones, then the kit is taxable.

Clothing and Footwear

Here’s the skinny on what items can be purchased and which ones cannot.

Qualifying Items

During the sales tax holiday, parents can buy most footwear and clothing (sold for less than $100) tax free. No need to give the seller an exemption certificate.

The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.

For example, if buyers purchase two shirts for $80 each, each shirt qualifies for the exemption because each is less than $100, even though the total purchase price is $160.

Items that Do Not Qualify

The following items do not qualify for exemption during the sales tax holiday:

items sold for $100 or more

clothing subscription boxes

specially-designed athletic activity or protective-use clothing or footwear

For example, golf cleats and football pads are usually worn only when people play golf or football, so they do not qualify for the exemption.

Tennis shoes, jogging suits and swimsuits, however, can be worn for other than athletic activity and qualify for the exemption.

clothing or footwear rentals, alterations (including embroidery) and cleaning services

items used to make or repair clothing, such as fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks and zippers

jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches and other accessories





During the sales tax holiday, student backpacks sold for less than $100 are exempt from tax.

The exemption includes backpacks with wheels and messenger bags. Consumers can buy up to 10 backpacks tax free at one time without giving an exemption certificate to the seller.

Items that Do Not Qualify

The following items do not qualify for this exemption:

framed backpacks



athletic, duffle or gym bags

computer bags


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