Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Tax Free Weekend is Coming to Texas

Tax Free Weekend is Coming to Texas

I saw on the news a couple of days ago that some states are canceling their "Tax Free Weekend" next month because they can't afford to do it.

Texas WILL still have a "Tax Free Weekend".

What does this mean?  This means that many of the items you would buy for "back to school" for your kids or yourself would not be taxed. Items such as jeans, shirts, socks, tennis shoes, and sandals are all exempt from tax.

There are several items that are not exempt, like specialty items, such as cleats (soccer shoes), baseball pants, and most any sports related clothing.

Also, the items must cost less than $100.  The $150 pair of designer jeans will not be exempt from taxes.  Neither will those $200 designer tennis shoes, or $500 leather coat.

School supplies are also tax exempt like paper, folders, pens, and backpacks.

Here's the thing... the tax rate across Texas is 6.25-8.25%.  That means, when you spend $100, you'll save anywhere from $6.25-8.25.  That's not very much, right?  However, the majority of stores have sales on top of sales. With that, if a store is having a 40% off sale, that's like saving 48.25% instead!! 

That's how you get the savings to add up.  Shop where the sales are to get even more of a discount, and you'll spend wisely on this Tax Free Weekend.

When is it?  It's August 21-23, 2009.

Here's a list of more exempt and nonexempt items from the state's website.

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX real estate and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 8 commentsDonna Harris • July 22 2009 09:05AM


Here's a thought... Use Obama stimulus money (tax payer dollars) to buy stuff from taxpayers, but pay  no taxes! Brilliant!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 9 years ago

I hadn't heard that other states were not doing that tax free weekend - interesting. Either way it's certainly going to come in handy when I take my niece school shopping!! Thanks Donna.

Posted by Malita Jones, Austin Texas Home Sales (Sky Realty, Inc.- about 9 years ago

Hi Donna

That's the weekend to get the kids their back to school supplies and cloths.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Donna: I'm sure Ceil will be glad to hear that. She likes to help buy the grandkids school clothes. Hard to believe it will be time to think about going back to school.

Posted by Carl Winters about 9 years ago

I watch for your post each year to remind me about this. Okay, this is only the second time, but you reminded me last year too. :-) So, now I'll just watch for your post each year.

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 about 9 years ago


Thanks for the reminder.  Great opportunity for families with school age children.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTORĀ®, Broker about 9 years ago

Greg, What stimulus money?  I never got a check... I'm still waiting...

Malita, I know DC is not, and the report I saw said other states were going to follow suit.

Lou, You better buy a sewing machine if you're only going to buy cloth and not clothes!! :)

Carl, But it's for you and me also.  All our clothes are tax free too.

John, I like giving useful reminders like this!

Richard, But it's also for EVERYONE!  If you need some new shirts, go get them, tax on me!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 9 years ago

Oh darn those "Jimmy Choos" will have to wait...under a $100?  I so wanted those to schlep furniture around in designer shoes!! LOL

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) about 9 years ago