Texas sales tax-free weekend set for Aug. 19-21

In this photo made Friday, July 24, 2009, Amanda Griffin, left, shops for school supplies with her daughter Haven, 11, at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

August 19, 2011 5:36:14 PM PDT
The annual Texas sales tax holiday will be August 19-21. State Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday announced the annual tax-free weekend, as shoppers get a break from sales tax on certain items costing less than $100.

Combs says shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school supplies and most clothing. The list of exceptions includes certain leather goods, handbags, jewelry and helmets.


As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

Combs predicts shoppers will save $62.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday tax break, an annual event in Texas since 1999.