AUSTIN (July 19, 2012)—This year’s Texas sales tax holiday is from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19 and shoppers looking for bargains for the new school year will be able to save money on a variety of back-to-school items.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 from sales taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
Backpacks used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt during the three-day weekend as long as they're priced at less than $100.
Texas families will get sales tax breaks on most school supplies priced at less than $100, too.
The comptroller's office says shoppers will save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during this year's sales tax holiday.
The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.