Sales Tax Holiday to Include School Supplies

Valid items under $100 are tax free Aug. 21-23

There is great news for back-to-school shoppers. For the first time since 1999, the annual sales tax holiday will now include two dozen school supplies as well as backpacks and most clothing.

"A lot of families look forward to saving their hard earned money during the sales tax holiday weekend," said Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller. "Now they can make their back-to-school budgets stretch even further because more than two dozen school supply items will be tax-free."

Valid supplies priced less than $100 are identified in HB 1801 and are exempt from state and local tax for the weekend of Aug. 21-23.

An entire list of the new, approved supplies is listed below.

*Legal pads
*Blackboard chalk
*Lunch boxes
*Book bags
*Cellophane tape
*Paper (loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, construction paper)
*Composition books
*Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes 
*Pencil sharpeners
*Folders (expandable, pocket, plastic, manila)
*Glue, paste and paste sticks
*Index cards
*Index card boxes
*Writing tablets

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