Here is which school supplies are eligible

Texas Tax Free Weekend runs from Friday, August 5th through Sunday, August 7th. The holiday weekend is the best time to shop for school supplies, including clothing and supplies.

With inflation on the minds of Texans, the three-day event is a form of relief.

As long as the total purchase price, including shipping, is less than $100, buyers are not required to pay taxes on school supplies online or in person.

If you decide to purchase items online, please ensure the purchase date is within the bank holiday weekend time frame. An online purchase made at 11pm on Sunday 7th August will most likely be rejected by the online payment processor, making your purchase taxable. The sooner the better.

The tax-free weekend doesn’t just apply to students. So if you’re wanting new pens and notepads for your office or a new outfit, check out the list below to see what’s eligible and what’s not.

What school supplies are eligible?

  • binder
  • chalk
  • Book bags
  • calculator
  • cellophane tape
  • circle
  • composition books
The Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania, produces more than 12 million crayons a day, or about 3 billion a year, in hundreds of different colors.
  • colored pencils
  • erasers
  • Folders – Expandable, Pocket, Plastic and Manila
  • Glue, paste and glue sticks
  • Highlighter
  • index cards
  • index card boxes
  • legal blocks
  • lunch boxes
  • Markers, including dry erase
Notebooks are a necessity for school supplies for students.
  • notebooks
  • Paper – lined loose-leaf notebook paper, copier paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
  • pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
  • pencil sharpener
  • pencils
  • pencils
  • protractor
  • rulers
  • scissors
  • writing boards

Which school materials are not eligible?

Textbooks in a bookstore.

What items of clothing are eligible?

  • Adult diapers
  • baby bib
  • baby clothes
  • Baby diapers – Cloth or disposable diapers
  • baseball caps
  • Baseball Jerseys
  • Belt with attached buckles
  • blouses
  • Boots – General purpose, cowboy and hiking boots
  • bowling shirts
  • bras
  • camp clothes
  • Caps – Baseball, Fishing and Golf
  • chef uniforms
  • New costumes for children
  • clerical robes
  • coats and wraps
  • overalls
  • Dresses
  • Ear Muffs – Cold Weather
  • football jerseys
  • Gloves – general, dress and leather
  • Golf accessories – hats, dresses, jackets, windcheaters, shirts and skirts
  • graduation caps and gowns
  • leotards and uniforms
  • hats
  • hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
  • hosiery, including support hosiery
  • household aprons
  • Jackets
Jerry Salinas stores jeans in the men's department at JCPenney ahead of the tax-free weekend in this file photo.
  • Jeans
  • jogging apparel
  • Knitted hats or hats
  • leg warmers
  • leotards and tights
  • Masks – Costume, cloth and disposable cloth face masks
  • paint pants
  • trousers
  • pantyhose
  • raincoats and ponchos
  • rain hats
  • religious clothing
  • robes
  • scarves
  • Boy Scout Uniforms
  • shirts, including hoods
  • Footwear – general, boot, elliptical, dress, flip flops, jellies, cleated running, safety (adaptable for streetwear), sandals, slippers, sneakers and walking
  • Shorts
  • the skirts
  • Sleepwear – nightgowns, nightgowns and pajamas
  • slippers
  • slides
  • socks, including football and sports
  • Suits, trousers and jackets
  • suspenders
A man examines a sweatshirt in a clothing store.
  • sweatshirts
  • tracksuits
  • pullover
  • Swimsuits
  • Tennis dresses, shoes, shorts and skirts
  • ties
  • pantyhose
  • trousers
  • underwear, including underpants and undershirts
  • Uniforms – School, Work, Nurse, Waitress, Military, Police, Fire and Post Office
  • veil
  • West – General, Fishing (non-swimming) and Hunting
  • workout clothes

Which garments are not eligible?

  • Accessories – Barrettes, belt buckles, hairpins, briefcases, elastic ponytail holders, hair bows, barrettes, handbags, handkerchiefs, headbands, sweatbands, ribbons, jewellery, key cases, purses, wallets, pocket squares, bracelets, watch bands and watches
  • Backpacks – except for use by primary or secondary school students
  • Baseball Accessories – Cleats, Gloves and Pants
  • swimming caps
  • Belt for weight lifting
  • Boots – climbing (cleats or spikes), fishing (waders), overshoes, galoshes, work wellies and skis
  • chest protector
  • Fabric – lace, yarn and other fabrics
  • Garment Repair Items – including thread, tape, buttons, zippers, embroidery, patterns and iron-on patches
  • Earmuffs – noise canceling
A Moody player tightens his shoulder pads before the game on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Cabaniss Multipurpose Field in Corpus Christi.
  • Elbow, knee, shin and shoulder pads including football, hockey and soccer
  • soccer pants
  • Gloves – Batting, Bike, Garden, Hockey, Rubber, Surgery, Tennis and Work
  • Goggles and swimming masks
  • Golf accessories – gloves and wallets
  • hard hats
  • Helmets – Bike, Baseball, Football, Hockey, Motorcycle and Sports
  • skates
  • insoles
  • life jackets and vests
  • Baggage
  • Masks – N95, welders, umpires, swimmers or other similar personal protective equipment
  • Color or dust masks and other accessories
  • Personal swimming aids
Rollerblades are inline skates that usually came in neon colors.
  • roller skates and ice skates
  • Safety accessories – clothing, goggles and shoes (not suitable for street wear)
  • shoelaces
  • Footwear – bowling, bicycle, golf, ballet, bowling, cleats or spikes, football, jazz and dance, soccer (cleats), track and field, tap and water sports
  • shower caps
  • Ski boots, suits and vests
  • Sunglasses, except prescription
  • umbrellas
  • Vests – bulletproof, flotation, diving and water skiing
  • welding aprons
  • wet and dry suits


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