Texas Tax Free Weekend Dates | 2021

The Texas Tax Free Weekend dates are almost here!   This means that most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 are exempt from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Texas Tax Free Weekend includes all sales of qualifying items. They must be made during the holiday period. This includes items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

What’s Tax Free?

TEXAS TAX FREE: Clothing and Footwear

Retailers are not required to collect state and local sales tax on most footwear and clothing. As long as it’s sold for less than $100 during the holiday. Exemption certificates are not required.

The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99.


Backpacks priced less than $100 sold for use by elementary and secondary students are exempt during the sales tax holiday. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back.

The exemption does not include items such as: luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.

TEXAS TAX FREE: School Supplies

Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100. These must be purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.


The Texas Tax Free Dates are Friday, August 6, Saturday, August 7 and Sunday, August 8, 2021.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Comptroller encourages all taxpayers to continue practicing social distancing. Please support Texas businesses while saving money on taxfree purchases. This includes most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual TaxFree weekend.


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