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Which school supplies aren’t eligible for Texas’ tax-free weekend?


TEXAS (NEXSTAR) — It’s back to school time once again and that means Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday — also known as Tax-Free Weekend. While the break from sales tax is helpful for families buying school supplies, not every item on your lists may be eligible for tax-free sale.

While school supply lists differ by school, we combed through lists from several Texas districts to find some commonly asked-for items that don’t qualify to be tax-free this weekend, even if they are for school use.

Potential school supplies that are not eligible for Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday are:

  • Facial tissues
  • Disinfectant hand wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Combination locks
  • Headphones
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic bags
  • Nap mats
  • Play-Doh/other brand modeling compounds
  • Sleeping bags

Per the Texas Comptroller, only qualifying items purchased during the sales tax holiday are eligible for tax-free status. School items purchased either before or after aren’t eligible for reimbursement or tax refund.

Texas’ 2023 Tax-Free Weekend runs through Sunday, August 13.

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