Don't miss Austin's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday this weekend!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Check out the Texas Comptroller website to see what qualifies and read the fine print! The holiday theoretically applies only to “back to school” items, but the list of exempted items is extensive. This savings include items purchased online, by telephone, mail or even layaway plans! The savings is approximately $8 per $100 spent.

School in Austin starts August 22nd therefore many shoppers are looking this  weekend to take advantage of the Sales Tax Weekend August 11th – August 13th!

The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice. You do not have to purchase items individually to get the exemption. If you have 6 shirts priced at $50 they will all receive the exemption.

The exemption does not apply to the first $99.99 of an otherwise eligible item that sells for more than $99.99. If you purchase a pair of slacks for $125 than the sales tax is due on the entire $125.

The categories included are:

  • Clothing and Footwear
  • Backpacks
  • School supplies

Don’t forget the shopping savings is in effect as of today! Make sure you make it a point to have your list and take advantage of the savings this weekend!

As always, what’s going on in Austin and real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard, Coldwell Banker United, your NW Austin Real Estate Consultant.

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Dorie what a great idea! We don't have anything like this in AZ.

Aug 11, 2017 12:08 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

What a great idea, Dorie, and good news for those preparing for back to school. We don't have these in Cali.

Enjoy your weekend!


Aug 11, 2017 12:25 PM #2
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Dorie... I'm sure that the stores will be busy in Austin this weekend. Our sales tax holiday in SC was last weekend.

Aug 11, 2017 01:26 PM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Dorie, we had the same last weekend, every bit helps!

Aug 11, 2017 01:27 PM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Saving money is always good, especially when it is for the things kids need for school.

Aug 11, 2017 02:04 PM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie this is good information to put out there.  Not paying taxes on school items can be a big savings.

Aug 11, 2017 02:21 PM #6
Anita Clark
ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Dorie: Any opportunity to save some money is always appreciated. I can imagine this weekend will be a busy time for retail outlets in Austin.

Aug 11, 2017 02:22 PM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How wonderful, we don't have that in our neck of the woods.  Wishing you a great weekend. A

Aug 11, 2017 06:33 PM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie, I am not sure we have this in our state.  I sure wish we did.

Aug 11, 2017 09:18 PM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Dorie.

Ours was this past weekend.  The stores were packed. 

Aug 12, 2017 02:45 AM #10
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

You always provide good information for local residents. Thank you for sharing 

Aug 12, 2017 02:57 AM #11
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Dorie -- while I have read a couple of these posts here in ActiveRain and articles elsewhere, it's not something that California has adopted.  It seems our state is more about adding taxes or as they are sometimes euphemistically called "fees".   

Aug 12, 2017 06:12 AM #12
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