Even though school is starting off virtually, tax free weekend is still happening during the weekend of Aug. 7-9, 2020. See below for some information from the Texas Comptroller on shopping practices, what you can and can't buy and of course, saving money!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller encourages all
taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing and support Texas
businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing,
footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100)
during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax free
from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business
in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption
certificate to buy qualifying items tax free.
This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 9.
The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items you buy
during the sales tax holiday. Items you buy before or after the sales
tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund
Online Purchases and Telephone Orders
To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants
all taxpayers to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, you can buy
qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other
means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either
- the item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; or
- the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts
the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if
delivery is made after the exemption period ends.
A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fill the order for immediate shipment.
An order is filled for immediate shipment regardless of whether the
shipment is delayed due to a backlog of orders or because stock is
currently unavailable to, or on back order by, the seller.
The Comptroller’s office urges all taxpayers buying certain
qualifying items at their local retailers to practice appropriate social
distancing as described in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines during the sales tax holiday.
For the complete article on the Texas Comptroller site, click here