Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminded shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday which begins today, Friday, and continues through Sunday.
The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
“Texas families can take advantage of the sales tax holiday when doing their back-to-school shopping,” Combs added. “Families gearing up for the new school year will not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items ranging from pens to blue jeans. We hope this tax break will help ease that burden and help shoppers around Texas save some of their hard-earned money.”
Following is a list from the Texas Comptroller of tax exempt clothing items.

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• Adult diapers
• Aprons (household)
• Athletic socks
• Baby bibs
• Baby clothes
• Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
• Backpacks for use by elementary/secondary students
• Baseball caps
• Baseball jerseys
• Belts with attached buckles
• Blouses
• Boots (general purpose)
• Cowboy boots
• Hiking boots
• Bow ties
• Bowling shirts
• Bras
• Camp clothes
• Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
• Chef uniforms
• Children’s novelty costumes
• Clerical vestments
• Coats and wraps
• Coveralls
• Diapers (cloth and disposable)
• Dresses
• Employee uniforms (unless rented)
• Fishing caps
• Fishing vests (non-flotation)
• Football jerseys
• Gloves (generally)
• Dress (unless rented)
• Leather
• Golf caps
• Golf dresses
• Golf jackets and windbreakers
• Golf shirts
• Golf skirts
• Graduation caps and gowns
• Gym suits and uniforms
• Hats
• Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
• Hosiery, including support hosiery
• Hunting vests
• Jackets
• Jeans
• Jogging apparel
• Knitted caps or hats
• Leg warmers
• Leotards and tights
• Mask, costume
• Neckwear and ties
• Nightgowns and nightshirts
• Painter pants
• Pajamas
• Pants
• Panty hose
• Raincoats and ponchos
• Rain hats
• Robes
• Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear)
• Scarves
• Scout uniforms
• Shawls and wraps
• Shirts
• Shirts (hooded)
• Shoes (generally)
• Boat
• Cross trainers
• Dress
• Flip-flops (rubber thongs)
• Jellies
• Running (without cleats)
• Safety (suitable for everyday use)
• Sandals
• Slippers
• Sneakers and tennis
• Tennis
• Walking
• Shorts
• Skirts
• Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas
• Slippers
• Slips
• Soccer socks
• Socks
• Suits, slacks, and jackets
• Support hosiery
• Suspenders
• Sweatshirts
• Sweat suits
• Sweaters
• Swimsuits
• Tennis dresses
• Tennis shorts
• Tennis shoes
• Tennis skirts
• Ties (neckties, all)
• Tights
• Trousers
• Underclothes
• Underpants
• Undershirts
• Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)
• Veils
• Vests (generally)
• Fishing (non-flotation)
• Hunting
• Work clothes
• Work uniforms
• Workout clothes
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.
Those buying qualifying school supplies during the holiday are not required to provide an exemption certificate — with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the items under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student.
“Under a business account” means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.
Exempt items are:
• Binders
• Book bags
• Calculators
• Cellophane tape
• Blackboard chalk
• Compasses
• Composition books
• Crayons
• Erasers
• Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
• Glue, paste and paste sticks
• High lighters
• Index cards
• Index card boxes
• Legal pads
• Lunch boxes
• Markers (including dry erase markers)
• Notebooks
• 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
• Pencils
• Pens
• Protractors
• Rulers
• Scissors
• Writing tablets