What to Know about Tax-Free Weekend

One of Texas’s most well-known weekends, tax-free weekend, is on the horizon. This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, August 9. For full details, visit the Texas Comptroller’s website at comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490

Here are some key highlights:

  • With the COVID-19 pandemic, the comptroller is encouraging all taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing while also supporting Texas businesses. Be sure to grab your mask if you go out!
  • The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items bought during the sales tax holiday. Items purchased before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.
  • To see a full list of qualifying items, visit comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490 and look for the heading “Qualifying Items.”
  • Qualifying items can be purchased tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, consumers do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
  • Per the Texas Comptroller’s office, during the tax-free weekend taxpayers can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order, or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either:
    • The item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; or
    • The customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

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