ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday is Memorial Day Weekend

Sales tax weekend runs May 28-30, 2016

If you're in the market for a new appliance, you could save money if you wait until Memorial Day weekend to buy, but that's not all. This year the tax holiday expands to plants.

The state's annual ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, May 28 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

A number of energy-efficient appliances qualify, from air conditioners to dishwashers and there is no limit to the number of appliances that can be purchased during the holiday.

"As the hottest part of the year approaches, Texas families are looking for energy efficient ways to cut costs on electric bills," Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said in a news release. "We are pleased to give Texas shoppers a break from state and local sales and use taxes on the purchase of certain energy efficient products."

While some items may be rated as Energy Star appliances, only the following appliances and household equipment are eligible:

  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Programmable Thermostats*

But it is not just appliances. For the first time, you can also purchase, tax free, certain water efficient landscape plants. The Texas Department of Agriculture says these plants use less water and can be identified ny the Texas Superstar tag. Timers, soaker-hoses and mulch also qualify. For a full list, see it here.

In previous years, the Texas Comptroller's office expected Texas shoppers to save an estimated $3.8 million in state and local sales tax during the annual Memorial Day weekend sales tax holiday.

For more information, visit Texas Comptroller website.

* ENERGY STAR specification of programmable thermostats was suspended on Dec. 31, 2009; however, any existing stock of ENERGY STAR labeled programmable thermostats offered for sale by retailers is still eligible for the exemption.

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