Each year the Texas Comptroller's Office designates a long weekend to help families going back to school save a bit of money on school supplies and clothing. The even better news, though, is that the savings aren't just limited to families with school aged children. Everyone can take advantage of the savings.

This year, the dates for the tax-free days are: August 10, 11 and 12.

There are, of course, some limits on those items that will feature the official savings. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks are tax free, but each individual item must cost less than $100.

 Items you buy before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.  Some individual retailers may capitalize on the capitalism and discount their prices on exempt items by 8.25% (our state tax rate) to equal the savings, but this would be at the discretion of each individual company. 

If you're curious about the savings, here's a list of items you can expect to find at a lower cost this weekend: 

School Supplies


Blackboard chalk

Book bags


Cellophane tape


Composition books



Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila

Glue, paste and paste sticks


Index cards

Index card boxes

Legal pads

Lunch boxes

Markers (including dry erase markers)


Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

Pencil sharpeners






Writing tablets


The items on this list that qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday must be priced under $100. Items that do not qualify for exemption are also included.

(T) = Taxable; (E) = Exempt

Accessories (generally) (T)

     Barrettes (T)

     Belt buckles (sold separately) (T)

     Bobby pins (T)

     Briefcases (T)

     Elastic ponytail holders (T)

     Hair bows (T)

     Hair clips (T)

     Handbags (T)

     Handkerchiefs (T)

     Headbands (T)

     Jewelry (T)

     Key cases (T)

     Purses (T)

     Wallets (T)

     Watch bands (T)

     Watches (T)

Adult diapers (E)

Alterations (T)

Aprons (household) (E)

Aprons (welders) (T)

Athletic socks (E)

Baby bibs (E)

Baby clothes (E)

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable) (E)

Backpacks (for use by elementary/secondary students-) (E)

Baseball accessories

     Baseball caps (E)

     Baseball cleats (T)

     Baseball gloves (T)

     Baseball jerseys (E)

     Baseball pants (T)

Bathing caps (T)

Belt buckles (T)

Belts with attached buckles (E)

Belts for weight lifting (T)

Blouses (E)

Boots (general purpose) (E)

     Climbing (cleated or spiked) (T)

     Cowboy (E)

     Fishing (waders) (T)

     Hiking (E)

     Overshoes and galoshes (T)

     Rubber work boots (T)

     Ski (T)

     Waders (T)

Bow ties (E)

Bowling shoes (rented and sold) (T)

Bras (E)

Buttons and zippers (T)

Camp clothes (E)

Caps (baseball, fishing, golf) (E)

Chef uniforms (E)

Children’s novelty costumes (E)

Chest protectors (T)

Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics (T)

Clothing repair items, such as thread, buttons, tapes, and iron-on patches (T)

Corsages and boutonnieres (T)

Coveralls (E)

Diapers (cloth and disposable) (E)

Dresses (E)

Dry cleaning services (T)


     Cold weather (E)

     Noise cancellation or noise cancelling (T)

Elbow pads (T)

Embroidery (T)

Employee uniforms (unless rented) (E)

Fabrics, thread, buttons, lace, patterns, knitting yarns (T)

Fins (swim) (T)

Fishing boots (waders) (T)

Fishing caps (E)

Fishing vests (non-flotation) (E)

Football accessories

    Football jerseys (E)

     Football pads (T)

     Football pants (T)

Gloves (generally) (E)

     Dress (unless rented) (E)

     Garden (T)

     Leather (E)

    Rubber or Surgical (T)

     Sports (Baseball, golf, hockey, tennis,etc.) (T)

     Work (T)

Goggles (T)

Golf accessories

     Golf caps (E)

     Golf dresses (E)

     Golf jackets and windbreakers (E)

     Golf shirts (E)

     Golf skirts (E)

     Golf purses (T)

     Golf shoes (T)

Graduation caps and gowns (E)

Gym suits and uniforms (E)

Hair nets, bows, clips, and barrettes (T)

Handbags and purses (T)

Handkerchiefs (T)

Hard hats (T)

Hats (E)

Headbands (T)

Helmets (bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports) (T)

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts (E)

Hosiery, including support hosiery (E)

Hunting vests (E)

Ice skates (T)

Insoles (T)

Jackets (E)

Jeans (E)

Jewelry (T)

Jogging apparel (E)

Knee pads (T)

Knitted caps or hats (E)

Laundering services (T)

Leg warmers (E)

Leotards and tights (E)

Life jackets and vests (T)

Luggage (T)

Mask, costume (E)

Mask, protective - welder, umpire, swim (T)

Monogramming services (T)

Neckwear and ties (E)

Nightgowns and nightshirts (E)

Overshoes and rubber shoes (T)

Pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder) (T)

Paint or dust respirators and incidental supplies (T)

Pajamas (E)

Pants (E)

Panty hose (E)

Personal flotation devices (T)

Pocket squares (T)

Raincoats and ponchos (E)

Rain hats (E)

Religious clothing (E)

Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes) (T)

Ribbons (T)

Roller blades or skates (T)

Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear) (E)

Scarves (E)

Scout uniforms (E)

Sewing patterns (T)

Shawls and wraps (E)

Shin guards and padding (T)

Shirts (E)

Shoe inserts (T)

Shoelaces (T)

Shoes (generally) (E)

     Ballet (T)

     Boat (E)

     Bowling (T)

     Cleated or spiked (T)

     Cross trainers (E)

     Dress (E)

     Flip-flops (rubber thongs) (E)

     Jazz and dance (T)

     Jellies (E)

     Overshoes (T)

     Running (without cleats) (E)

     Sandals (E)

     Slippers (E)

     Sneakers and tennis (E)

     Tennis (E)

     Wading/water sport (T)

     Walking (E)

Shoe repairs (T)

Shorts (E)

Shower caps (T)

Skirts (E)

Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas (E)

Slippers (E)

Slips (E)

Soccer socks (E)

Socks (E)

Sports helmets (T)

Sports pads (football, hockey, soccer, knee, elbow, shoulder) (T)

Suits, slacks, and jackets (E)

Sunglasses (except prescription) (T)

Suspenders (E)

Sweatbands (arm, wrist, head) (T)

Sweatshirts (E)

Sweat suits (E)

Sweaters (E)

Swimming masks and goggles (T)

Swimsuits (E)

Ties (neckties - all) (E)

Tights (E)

Umbrellas (T)

Underclothes (E)

Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire) (E)

Veils (E)

Vests (generally) (E)

     Bulletproof (T)

     Fishing (non-flotation) (E)

     Flotation (T)

     Hunting (E)

     Scuba (T)

Wallets (T)

Watch bands (T)

Watches (T)

Weight lifting belts (T)

Wet and dry suits (T)

Work clothes (E)

Work uniforms (E)

Workout clothes (E)

Wrist bands (T)