will soon head back to the classroom; and Texasí annual Sales Tax
Holiday will help outfit kids with tax-free clothes, shoes and
school supplies they need for the new school year.
“From Aug. 20Ė22,
shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school
supplies, school backpacks and most childrenís and adultsí clothing
and shoes priced at less than $100,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs
said. “As our economy continues to recover, this tax break will
help families get more bang for their back-to-school
This year, Combs
predicts shoppers will save $59.3 million in state and local sales
taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday, which takes place each year on
the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August.
State Sen. Juan
“Chuy” Hinojosa, a long-time supporter of the tax holiday,
commented on the boost the tax holiday gives to Texas
back-to-school season is a great economic driver in Texas. Parents
are looking for low prices on the materials their children need for
school and businesses are competing for those dollars. The sales
tax holiday helps Texas families save money on those items, and
because of the increase in shoppers, stores often hire employees to
help with the rush. This tax holiday really stimulates the local
economies in a variety of ways,” Hinojosa said.
Given the sluggish
pace of the economy, Sen. Hinojosa encouraged residents of South
Texas and the Coastal Bend to begin budgeting early to take full
advantage of the tax holiday coming up two weekends from
The tax holiday
weekend has been an annual event since 1999.
Legislature has expanded the list of items eligible for the tax
break. The following link to the Texas Comptrollerís Web page
answers frequently asked questions about the tax holiday. The page
also lists items that qualify for the sales tax exemption: