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Texas Comptroller Speaks Out About Tax Free Holiday

July 1, 2003

This year's sales tax holiday for clothing and footwear begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 1, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 3. The tax break is expected to save Texas consumers millions in state and local sales taxes. This is one time hard-working Texans can keep their money in their pockets for their families' priorities.

I have been a strong advocate for the sales tax holiday since its inception and am pleased to do my part to ensure its success. I have enclosed a list of items for a quick reference and a flyer you can post in a prominent place in your store in advance of the tax holiday.

The list cannot include every possible item that qualifies for the exemption. If you have questions about items not shown here, please call my office at 1-800-252-5555.

Here are some highlights about the sales tax holiday:

  • The tax holiday occurs every year on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of August. Qualifying items are exempt from state sales taxes, but exemption from local sales tax is up to individual cities. This year, since no cities opted out of the holiday, qualifying items will be fully exempt from tax throughout Texas.
  • Most clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 will be exempt from sales tax. Customers will receive the break on individual items, regardless of the total amount they buy. For example, sales tax is not due if a customer buys six shirts each priced at $99.99. But full tax is due on a shirt sold for $100; the first $99.99 cannot be exempted.
  • Clothing and footwear used primarily for athletic activities or for protective wear are not eligible for the exemption. Customers buying golf cleats or football pads, for instance, must pay sales tax. Athletic wear that is also used for participation in other non-athletic activities can qualify for tax exemption. For example, tennis shoes, baseball caps, and jogging suits are worn during everyday activities and thus may be purchased tax free during the holiday.
  • Also excluded from the sales tax holiday are accessories such as jewelry and watches; items that are carried rather than worn, including handbags, briefcases and wallets; clothing rentals, such as formal wear and costumes; and repairs and alterations.

I hope that you find this information helpful. If you have questions about the sales tax holiday, please visit us online at by (clicking here) or call us toll free at 1-800-252-5555.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn
Texas Comptroller

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