Sales Tax Holiday Begins, Runs Through Sunday
by: Andrew Schneider, August 9, 2013 5:08:00 am
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.