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6 Helpful Tips for Katy Families Shopping During Tax-Free Weekend


August 7, 2019

By Jennifer Miko

This year, tax-free weekend starts August 9 and runs through August 11 at midnight. We’ve got your guide to what’s taxable and what’s exempt so you can make your shopping list now.

During this annual sales tax event, shoppers can buy assorted clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax-free from Texas stores or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.


1. Shoppers Can Save on Wardrobe Essentials

Most clothing, from undergarments to outerwear, will be tax-exempt. Take advantage of this tax-free weekend to get the kids’ back-to-school clothes and shoes. For the extra-curricular activities, you can get a tax break on sneakers, work-out clothes, swimsuits, jogging apparel and so much more.

Check the Texas Comptroller’s website here for a complete list of taxable and tax-exempt items.


2. Stock up on School Supplies

Only the school supplies on this list, priced under $100, qualify for exemption from tax during the sales tax holiday. Computers and textbooks are not eligible for the exemption.

  • Binders

  • Blackboard chalk

  • Book bags

  • Calculators

  • Cellophane tape

  • Compasses

  • Composition books

  • Crayons

  • Erasers

  • Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila

  • Glue, paste and paste sticks

  • Highlighters

  • Index cards

  • Index card boxes

  • Kits*

  • Legal pads

  • Lunch boxes

  • Markers (including dry erase markers)

  • Notebooks

  • 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

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Protractors

  • Rulers

  • Scissors

  • Writing tablets

* Texas Comptroller website posts: “For kits of school supplies that contain exempt items, as well as taxable ones, the taxability depends on the value of exempt or taxable items in it. There is no limit on the quantity of school supplies in a kit, but if the value of the exempt items is more than the taxable ones, the kit is exempt. If the value of the taxable items is more than the exempt ones, then the kit is taxable.”


3. Assorted Uniforms Make the List

  • Gym suits and uniforms for physical education classes

  • Scout uniforms

  • Religious clothing

  • Work uniforms

  • Chef uniforms

  • Graduation caps and gowns


4. Save on Unexpected Tax-exempt Items

  • Diapers (cloth and disposable)

  • Children’s novelty costumes

  • Adult diapers

  • Fishing (non-flotation) and hunting vests


5. Not Everything is Tax-exempt

Backpacks are on the list (for elementary and secondary school use). However, luggage, briefcases, purses and wallets do not qualify for the exemption. Other items you won’t get the tax break on include jewelry, ice skates and cleats (for assorted sports), protective sports gear and batteries.

For a complete list of taxable and tax-exempt items, visit the Texas Comptroller website here.


6. Local Retailers Offer Extended Hours

Katy Mills Mall offers extended hours for shoppers this weekend:

Friday, August 9

9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 10

9:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 11

10:00 am – 8:00 pm

For full details, visit Simon Guest Services, or find more information online here.

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