Texas Taxes to Take a Holiday August 7-9

Spencer Henderson, Jr | Writer Hunt County News

Thursday, July 9, 2015

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Even though the Hunt County area has yet to experience our first 100-degree-plus day, it is never too early to start thinking about shopping for back-to-school.

The State Comptroller’s office announced yesterday afternoon that the annual Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will take place on the weekend of August 7-9 and promises substantial savings on anything from backpacks to shoes, from paper to glue.  Businesses must obtain a tax exemption certificate.

“As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend,” read a statement on the State Comptroller’s official website.

Here’s the fine print on what is exempt and what isn’t:

  • If a customer buys two shirts at $80 each, both items qualify for exemption even though the total of both items ($160) exceeds $99.99.
  • However, exemptions do not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99. An example of this is if you buy a pair of pants for $110. You will still pay state sales tax on that pair of pants.
  • Tennis shoes, jogging pants and swimsuits are exempt as they are used for other, non-athletic purposes.
  • Backpacks under $100 qualify for the exemption, and those include messenger backpacks and wheeled backpacks, provided they can be worn like a traditional backpack.
  • Not included in the exemption list include luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, or purses.
  • All school supplies less than $100 are exempt.
  • Quantities are limited to 10 items or less.
  • Layaway items qualify provided the final payment is made during the holiday.
  • Items purchased with a rain check are exempt, regardless of the date of issue, provided the purchase is made during the holiday.
  • Rain checks issued during the holiday are not exempt, unless the purchase is also made during the holiday.

For complete details you can visit the Texas State Comptrollers website

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