State of Texas Sales Tax Holiday Calendar Texas Sales Tax Holidays in 2013

A sales tax holiday is a special time period in which you are allowed to purchase certain items without having to pay the Texas sales tax. The Texas sales tax is 6.25%, so taking advantage of a Texas sales tax holiday to buy $500.00 worth of goods would save you a total of $31.25.

Texas has six sales tax holidays throughout the year on a variety of goods. The sales tax holiday calendar below lists all of the major Texas sales tax holidays, the item the holiday applies to, and the total purchase amount for which the holiday can be used (per person).

Sale Dates Sale Item Sale Maximum Cost Sale Start Year
May 25th - May 27thAir Conditioners$6,000.002008 (last 11 years)
August 9th - August 11thBackpacks$100.001999 (last 20 years)
August 9th - August 11thClothing$100.001999 (last 20 years)
May 25th - May 27thEnergy Star ProductsNO LIMIT2008 (last 11 years)
May 25th - May 27thOther$2,000.002008 (last 11 years)
August 9th - August 11thSchool Supplies$100.001999 (last 20 years)

Why do states have sales tax holidays?

Over a dozen states have various types of sales tax holidays throughout the year. Most of the time, these holidays are special promotions designed to promote desirable purchases of items such as energy-star rated products, emergency preparedness supplies, etc. Many states also hold sales tax holidays to correspond with the back-to-school shopping season for items like books, clothing, and school supplies.

In some cases, sales tax holidays may be implemented as a counter to customers increasingly moving to (often non-taxable) online retailers like Amazon.com. All sales tax holidays were first enacted within the last two decades, most within the last ten years.