Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 5th-7th - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 5th-7th

Texas Tax Free Weekend: August 5th-7th

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

Texans that are shopping for back to school season have a chance to take advantage of big savings this weekend. The tax free holiday has officially begun and runs through Sunday August 7th. 

According to the National Retail Federation the average shopper will spend over $673 during the tax free holiday, that's a $44 jump from last years forecasted spending average. The NRF projections show that teenagers will likely spend $33 of their own money when it comes to back to school shopping while pre-teens are estimated to spend $20. 

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts recently published "The Fine Print" of tax free information for consumers to help free up confusion and understand how the sales tax holiday works. The sales tax exemption applies to specific items that are priced at under $100 including many back to school items like backpacks, pencils, paper, and other items. 

When it comes to clothing, according to the Texas Comptroller, the sales tax only applies to items under $100 and not designed for athletic or protective purposes. For example, athletic students would not be able to see a tax free savings on items like football cleats. Items like t-shirts, shorts, even tennis shoes could be listed as tax free they are common clothing items that are not made specific athletic activity. 

There are similar rules when it comes to backpacks. For traditional backpacks, messenger bags, even backpacks with wheels are eligible for tax free exemptions as long as they are priced below $100. But the Texas Comptroller outlines that items defined as luggage are not eligible for the tax exemption.
School supplies like pens, paper, note pads, glue and other elementary or secondary school supplies under $100 are also eligible for the tax free exemption. However, if a consumer is buying these items in bulk under a business account unless they have an exemption the purchaser would not be eligible to save on the sales tax of the items. 

Some stores like the Wal-Mart off Greenbriar Road in Wichita Falls are helping their shoppers during the back to school holiday by providing a list of items at the front of their stores to help shoppers better understand what is and is not listed as tax free. 

If you're looking for more information on the tax free holiday you can click HERE for a link to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts "The Fine Print" of tax free information for consumers.  

Jack Carney, Newschannel 6

Copyright 2016 KAUZ All Rights Reserved

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    Macron resists Trump's 'America first' in speech to Congress

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:30 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:30:41 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:21 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:21:45 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he is introduced before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.
    French President Emmanuel Macron extolled the "special bond" between the United States and France during his speech in front of a joint meeting of Congress.
  • Drunken mom accused of letting kid drive, police say

    Drunken mom accused of letting kid drive, police say

    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:29:18 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 9:29 AM EDT2018-04-26 13:29:18 GMT

    Sheboygan County sheriff`s deputies arrived and pulled her over. Hauke denies her 12-year old daughter was in her lap, steering the car. Dashcam video shows she also was reluctant to speak with deputies.

    Sheboygan County sheriff`s deputies arrived and pulled her over. Hauke denies her 12-year old daughter was in her lap, steering the car. Dashcam video shows she also was reluctant to speak with deputies.

  • Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

    Dream job: Harley-Davidson paid interns get a motorcycle too

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:35 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:35:31 GMT
    Thursday, April 26 2018 8:52 AM EDT2018-04-26 12:52:40 GMT
    Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. (Source: Pixabay)Eight college students or recent graduates will have the enviable task of being paid to ride a Harley and share their adventures on social media. (Source: Pixabay)

    Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its paid summer internship program.

    Harley-Davidson is offering free motorcycles for those who join its paid summer internship program.

Powered by Frankly