Texas' back-to-school sales tax holiday is this weekend

Back to school shopping
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Texas' annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is still taking place.

The annual sales tax holiday, which will take place from August 7-9 this year, allows shoppers to save sales tax on qualifying clothing, footwear, backpacks, and school supplies leading up to the new school year.

"Even though significant uncertainty remains for our public and private schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items at a time when many Texans are carefully monitoring their family finances," Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. "Online shopping is covered, so I encourage all Texans to shop online or practice social distancing when making in-store purchases. We want folks to stay safe while saving money."

More details on the items that qualify for the sales tax holiday, and other restrictions, are available on the Comptroller's website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

Last year, shoppers saved an estimated $102.2 million during the three-day weekend. Hegar said there's too much uncertainty to provide an estimate for this year, with retail activity still affected by the virus and a number of schools adjusting their re-opening plans.

Since the annual tax-free weekend began in 1999, Texas shoppers have saved more than $1 billion.