Busy families back to school, it’s time to look for deals and discounts: Texas sales tax-free holiday weekend is here.

This means that from Friday, August 6th, midnight through Sunday, August 8th, midnight, VAT exemption will apply to qualifying items priced below $ 100, saving buyers $ 8 per $ 100. Examples of qualified items are clothing, face masks, shoes, school supplies, and backpacks.

Please refer to the Texas Comptroller website for details on qualifying articles.

Some good news for COVID-wary buyers. Customers can order online, by phone, email, or custom order – with a few key guidelines to qualify for tax exemption, according to the accounting department:

  • The item is both delivered and paid for by the customer during the exemption.

  • the customer orders and pays for the goods, and the seller accepts the order for immediate dispatch during the exemption period, even if the delivery takes place after the exemption period has expired.

  • A seller accepts an order when the seller has acted to fulfill the order for immediate dispatch.

  • An order will be filled for immediate dispatch, regardless of whether the delivery is delayed due to an order backlog, or because inventory is currently unavailable or is being reordered by the seller.

It is important that, according to the Auditing Department, these elements are not eligible for an exemption:

  • Framed backpacks

  • Luggage

  • briefcase

  • Sports, travel or sports bags

  • Computer bags

  • purses

A special note for families with athletes: shoes and clothing designed for a specific sporting activity are not qualified. (Golf cleats and soccer shoes are out, but all-purpose sneakers and swimsuits are in.) For more information, visit the website.

“For many families with children returning to their school campuses for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the sales tax vacation is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items,” said Texas auditor Glenn Hegar in a statement.