What you need to know before Texas Tax Free Weekend 2022

The annual tax-free weekend offers Texans the opportunity to stock up on school supplies and more without paying sales tax. But there are some requirements you need to know before buying.

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The 2022 Tax Free Weekend is upon us in Texas. Here’s what you need to know before shopping for back-to-school products and apparel.

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As the first days of a new school year fast approach, Texans can take advantage of the state’s annual three-day sales tax exemption on select purchases this weekend.

Beginning Friday, August 5 and ending Sunday, August 7, all purchases of $100 or less on products including backpacks, apparel, shoes, and school supplies can be made without adding sales tax charged. Qualifying items are priced individually, which means you can buy two $70 backpacks and not pay sales tax on either, even if the total price of the goods is more of $100. Purchases can be made at a Texas store as well as online or through the catalog of a company doing business in Texas, according to the Texas Comptroller website.

Articles that make not “Specialized” athletic clothing and equipment, such as cleats or skates, qualify for sales tax relief. In some cases, sellers may charge you sales tax and require you to submit a Tax Exemption Refund Form to receive your tax relief for qualifying items. Other ineligible items include computers, laptops, electronics and all items over $100.

An important stipulation to note is that each item must cost less than $100 total to qualify for sales tax exemption – this total price includes shipping and handling. For example, if you purchase a $95 pair of jeans through an online retailer and the total cost of the product after shipping and handling is $105, the item will not qualify for the exemption. tax. If multiple items, some eligible for exemption and some not eligible, are shipped in the same flat-rate package, shipping and handling charges may be applied to the total price of the tax-exempt items purchased.

Sellers are allowed to advertise that they pay sales tax for ineligible items, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office, but are not allowed to position ineligible items as tax-exempt.

Christy J. Olson