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Back to school is almost here and with that comes Tax-Free Weekend. The annual Sales Tax Holiday takes place this year from August 9 to August 11, and most clothing, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks are tax-free.

Each item has to be under $100 to be eligible. Best of all for those who hate Back to School crowds? If your seller does business in Texas, online items are also tax-free this weekend.

Here’s a cheat sheet of the items that are exempt and taxable this weekend, in alphabetical order.

This alphabetical list includes items that do and don’t qualify for exemption from taxes on Friday through Sunday.

(E) = Exempt; (T) = Taxable

Accessories (T)

  • Barrettes (T)
  • Belt buckles (sold separately) (T)
  • Bobby pins (T)
  • Briefcases (T)
  • Elastic ponytail holders (T)
  • Hair bows (T)
  • Hair clips (T)
  • Handbags (T)
  • Handkerchiefs (T)
  • Headbands (T)
  • Jewelry (T)
  • Key cases (T)
  • Purses (T)
  • Wallets (T)
  • Watch bands (T)
  • Watches (T)

Adult diapers (E)

Alterations (T)

Aprons (household) (E)

Aprons (welders) (T)

Athletic socks (E)

Baby bibs (E)

Baby clothes (E)

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable) (E)

Backpacks (unless for use by elementary/secondary students) (T)

Baseball accessories

  • Baseball caps (E)
  • Baseball cleats (T)
  • Baseball gloves (T)
  • Baseball jerseys (E)
  • Baseball pants (T)

Bathing caps (T)

Belt buckles (T)

Belts with attached buckles (E)

Belts for weight lifting (T)

Bicycle shoes (cleated) (T)

Blouses (E)

Boots (general purpose) (E)

  • Climbing (cleated or spiked) (T)
  • Cowboy (E)
  • Fishing (waders) (T)
  • Hiking (E)
  • Overshoes and galoshes (T)
  • Rubber work boots (T)
  • Ski (T)
  • Waders (T)

Bow ties (E)

Bowling shirts (E)

Bowling shoes (rented and sold) (T)

Bras (E)

Buttons and zippers (T)

Camp clothes (E)

Caps (baseball, fishing, golf) (E)

Chef uniforms (E)

Children’s novelty costumes (E)

Chest protectors (T)

Clerical vestments (E)

Cloth and lace, knitting yarns, and other fabrics (T)

Clothing repair items, such as thread, buttons, tapes, and iron-on patches (T)

Coats and wraps (E)

Corsages and boutonnieres (T)

Coveralls (E)

Diapers (cloth and disposable) (E)

Dresses (E)

Dry cleaning services (T)


Cold weather (E)

Noise cancellation or noise canceling (T)

Elbow pads (T)

Employee uniforms (unless rented) (E)

Fabrics, thread, buttons, lace, patterns, knitting yarns (T)

Fins (swim) (T)

Fishing boots (waders) (T)

Fishing caps (E)

Fishing vests (non-flotation) (E)

Football accessories

Football jerseys (E)

Football pads (T)

Football pants (T)

Gloves (generally) (E)

  • Baseball (T)
  • Batting (T)
  • Bicycle (T)
  • Dress (unless rented) (E)
  • Garden (T)
  • Golf (T)
  • Hockey (T)
  • Leather (E)
  • Rubber (T)
  • Surgical (T)
  • Tennis (T)
  • Work (T)

Goggles (T)

Golf accessories

  • Golf caps (E)
  • Golf dresses (E)
  • Golf gloves (T)
  • Golf jackets and windbreakers (E)
  • Golf shirts (E)
  • Golf skirts (E)
  • Golf purses (T)
  • Golf shoes (T)

Graduation caps and gowns (E)

Gym suits and uniforms (E)

Hairnets, bows, clips, and barrettes (T)

Handbags and purses (T)

Handkerchiefs (T)

Hard hats (T)

Hats (E)

Headbands (T)

Helmets (bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports) (T)

Hockey gloves (T)

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts (E)

Hosiery, including support hosiery (E)

Hunting vests (E)

Ice skates (T)

Insoles (T)

Jackets (E)

Jeans (E)

Jewelry (T)

Jogging apparel (E)

Knee pads (T)

Knitted caps or hats (E)

Laundering services (T)

Leg warmers (E)

Leotards and tights (E)

Life jackets and vests (T)

Luggage (T)

Mask, costume (E)

Mask, protective – welder, umpire, swim (T)

Monogramming services (T)

Neckwear and ties (E)

Nightgowns and nightshirts (E)

Overshoes and rubber shoes (T)

Pads (football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder) (T)

Paint or dust respirators and incidental supplies (T)

Painter pants (E)

Pajamas (E)

Pants (E)

Pantyhose (E)

Patterns (T)

Personal flotation devices (T)

Pocket squares (T)

Protective gloves (T)

Protective masks (T)

Raincoats and ponchos (E)

Rain hats (E)

Religious clothing (E)

Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear, and costumes) (T)

Repair of clothing or footwear (T)

Ribbons (T)

Robes (E)

Rollerblades (T)

Roller skates (T)

Safety accessories

  • Safety clothing (normally worn in hazardous occupations) (T)
  • Safety glasses (except prescription) (T)
  • Safety shoes (adaptable for streetwear) (E)
  • Safety shoes (not adaptable for streetwear) (T)

Scarves (E)

Scout uniforms (E)

Sewing patterns (T)

Shawls and wraps (E)

Shin guards and padding (T)

Shirts (E)

Shirts (hooded) (E)

Shoe inserts (T)

Shoelaces (T)

Shoes (generally) (E)

  • Ballet (T)
  • Baseball cleats (T)
  • Bicycle (cleated) (T)
  • Boat (E)
  • Bowling (T)
  • Cleated or spiked (T)
  • Cross trainers (E)
  • Dress (E)
  • Fishing boots (waders) (T)
  • Flip-flops (rubber thongs) (E)
  • Football (T)
  • Golf (T)
  • Jazz and dance (T)
  • Jellies (E)
  • Overshoes (T)
  • Running (without cleats) (E)
  • Safety (suitable for everyday use) (E)
  • Sandals (E)
  • Slippers (E)
  • Sneakers and tennis (E)
  • Soccer (cleated) (T)
  • Spiked or cleated (T)
  • Tap dance (T)
  • Tennis (E)
  • Track and cleats (T)
  • Wading/water sport (T)
  • Walking (E)

Shoe shines (T)

Shoe repairs (T)

Shoulder pads (for dresses, jackets, etc.) (T)

Shoulder pads (football, hockey, sports) (T)

Shorts (E)

Shower caps (T)

Skates (ice and roller) (T)

Ski boots (snow) (T)

Ski suits (snow) (T)

Ski vests (water) (T)

Skirts (E)

Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas (E)

Slippers (E)

Slips (E)

Soccer socks (E)

Socks (E)

Sports helmets (T)

Sports pads (football, hockey, soccer, knee, elbow, shoulder) (T)

Suits, slacks, and jackets (E)

Sunglasses (except prescription) (T)

Support hosiery (E)

Suspenders (E)

Sweatbands (arm, wrist, head) (T)

Sweatshirts (E)

Sweatsuits (E)

Sweaters (E)

Swimming masks and goggles (T)

Swimsuits (E)

Tennis accessories

  • Tennis dresses (E)
  • Tennis shorts (E)
  • Tennis shoes (E)
  • Tennis skirts (E)

Ties (neckties – all) (E)

Tights (E)

Track shoes and cleats (T)

Trousers (E)

Umbrellas (T)

Underclothes (E)

Underpants (E)

Undershirts (E)

Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire) (E)

Veils (E)

Vests (generally) (E)

  • Bulletproof (T)
  • Fishing (non-flotation) (E)
  • Flotation (T)
  • Hunting (E)
  • Scuba (T)
  • Water-ski (T)

Wallets (T)

Watchbands (T)

Watches (T)

Water ski vests (T)

Weight lifting belts (T)

Wet and drysuits (T)

Work clothes (E)

Work uniforms (E)

Workout clothes (E)

Wrist bands (T)


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