Texas has a sales tax holiday for you

There are three Texas sales tax holidays, in April, May and August. Each one has its fan base.

Sales taxes, which are 8.25% in most Texas counties, will be left off receipts next weekend in Texas on purchases of all kinds of big ticket items.

Next up is the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday. It’s coming up on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28, and goes through midnight on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Air conditioners, refrigerators, ceiling fans, washing machines and clothes dryers are on the tax-free list. It makes sense to check the list before you shop. Water heaters aren’t on the list, and neither are wine fridges and other beverage chillers, for example.

And there are price limits such as $6,000 on air conditioners and a refrigerator has to be priced at $2,000 or less.

There are two more sales tax holidays in Texas.

The big one is just called Texas Sales Tax Holiday and it’s Aug. 5-7 for apparel, shoes and school supplies.

Last month was shopping list that any doomsdayer or survivalist would find irresistible. But it’s really just for anyone who likes to be prepared. The Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies is made for those unpredictable times in Texas when impending misfortune and disaster strike. Think Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the Texas deep freeze of 2021 and the more frequent tornadoes.

Fuel containers, ladders and portable generators are on the list. So are flashlights, batteries, but other items such as chainsaws, camping stoves and supplies are not tax exempt.

Hatchets and axes are on the list. Guns and ammo are not. Neither are food survival kits because food isn’t taxed in Texas. So if your source for dehydrated potato slices with a 25-year shelf life is collecting sales tax, it’s pocketing that money and needs to be reported.

Firearm safety equipment is tax-free all year long in Texas.

“The sale, storage, use and other consumption of firearm safety equipment is tax-free,” according to the Texas comptroller’s website. “This includes but is not limited to a gun lock box, gun safe, barrel lock, trigger lock, firearm safety training manual or electronic publication, or other item designed to ensure safe handling or storage of a firearm.”

Now you know. Plan your purchases accordingly.

Twitter: @MariaHalkias

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