Sales Tax Holiday Begins, Runs Through Sunday

Today marks the start of the three-day sales tax holiday for Texas shoppers and retailers.

The sales tax holiday is geared largely to families doing back-to-school shopping. This year, the state legislature moved up the holiday by a week. Retailers requested the change after several Houston school districts moved up their own start dates. Greater Houston accounts for the largest shopping market in Texas.

R.J. DeSilva is a spokesman for the Texas Comptroller’s office.

“If you’re shopping for different types of clothing or shoes that are priced under $100 and school supplies, you don’t have to pay state or local sales tax, so that’s quite a savings. And this is actually the fifteenth year that we’ve had the sales tax holiday in Texas.”

The comptroller’s office says Texas shoppers have saved roughly $700 million in state and local taxes since the holiday was first adopted in 1999. This year, it expects shoppers to save more than $74 million.

The tax holiday runs through Sunday. Details on which items are eligible for the discount are available at here


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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