Finances

It’s back to school shopping season as a sales tax holiday weekend starts Friday.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below $100, according to a news release from the Comptroller’s office. Tax free sales continue until Sunday.

“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,” Hegar said in a news release. “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.”

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

The annual sales tax holiday means qualifying items can be purchased online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means, including in-store purchases, tax free, when either:

• The item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; or

• The customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Texas’ sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999. Last year’s holiday generated an estimated $102.2 million in savings for Texas taxpayers, the Comptroller’s office said.