Everything You Need to Know About the Texas 2023 Tax Free Weekend


Texas’s tax free weekend is quickly approaching, which, of course, means back-to-school shopping! Here are all the details you may need to know about the tax free holiday. Plus scroll down for my #1 tip when it comes to back-to-school shopping.

Texas tax free holiday weekendWhen is the Texas tax free weekend?

The tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on August 11, 2023 and ends on August 13, 2023 at midnight.

What items are tax exempt?

  • Shoes and clothing that are less than $100.
  • School supplies students normally use in a standard classroom priced at $100 or less per item.
  • School backpacks

What items are excluded?

  • Clothing subscription boxes
  • Accessories, jewelry, watches, purses
  • Clothing and shoes specifically designed for athletic activity or protection.
  • Computers and computer software
  • Textbooks

What types of sales are tax exempt?

  • Rain checks from a store that has run out of an item are tax exempt.
  • If you put an item on layaway, it’s eligible for waived taxes only if you make the final payment on an item already on layaway; or you choose an item and place it on layaway
  • Online sales if the item is both ordered and paid for during tax-free weekend and it’s billed to a Texas address.

My #1 Back-to-School Shopping Tip

Don’t battle the crowds if you don’t have to. The tax free weekend is a great thing, but it doesn’t mean you have to stand around a bin of crayons with 50 other parents and tote your rambunctious kids to the store when they’d rather be playing.

Buy your school supplies online. (They’re still tax exempt if you order them & pay for them during the tax free weekend.) Put on your sweatpants, pour a glass of wine, whip out that school supply list, and start clicking. All from the comfort of your couch. Seriously, getting your school supplies delivered to your front door is life-changing.

Happy shopping!


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