Tax Free Weekend 2021: Everything You Need to Know

Tax free weekend is almost here! From August 6th through August 8th, 2021, school supplies, clothing, shoes, backpacks, and other school supplies will be tax free! Tax free items can be purchased in nearly all brick and mortar stores in the state, as well as online or through catalogs that do business in Texas. In most cases, no exemption certificate is required.

The tax exemption only applies to qualifying items purchased during the sales tax holiday (and tax refunds are not available).

Online Orders

During tax-free weekend, the Texas Comptroller’s office has made it clear that you can purchase qualifying items online, via telephone, mail, or nearly any other means tax free whenever:
  • The item is paid for and received by the customer during the exemption period; or
  • The customer orders and pays for the item during the exemption period and the seller accepts that payment; exemption still applies even if the item is delivered after the exemption period.
So, just in case you purchase your child’s backpack online and the shipment is delayed, your order should still qualify for exemption so long as the seller has accepted payment within the weekend timeframe.

In-Store Purchases

Many retailers will have lists of all the school-related, tax free items that are sold inside their store. In case they don’t, check out the following lists:

Special Circumstances

If your business will be purchasing school supplies – for your own use, as a donation, etc. – an exemption certificate is required. Visit the Texas Comptroller’s site for more information on exemption requirements.    
If you need to place an item on layaway, it can still qualify for exemption if:
  • You selected and placed the item on layaway during Tax Free Weekend; or
  •  The final payment was made on your item during Tax Free Weekend.
Items in the middle of a layaway plan between August 6-8, 2021 do not qualify for the tax exemption.

Refund Requests

If you do happen to pay sales tax on a qualifying item during the sales tax holiday, you can submit a request to the seller asking them to refund the tax you paid. The seller will either refund the tax amount, or provide you with this form to fill out and submit directly to the Texas Comptroller’s office. 

Regardless of where or how you shop this weekend, be safe out there and enjoy your discounts! Be sure to follow Education First FCU's blog for more money saving tips, local events, life hacks, and more!