House Representative

Bohac, Dwayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/04/2014

Representative Bohac Reminds Texas Families to Take Advantage of Texas’ Sales Tax Holiday August 8-10

With the start of the school year only weeks away, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (Houston) reminds Texas families and shoppers to take advantage of our state's annual sales tax holiday this weekend, August 8-10.

"As we prepare our children for the upcoming school year and enjoy the last days of summer, I am encouraging all families and shoppers to take advantage of this money saving weekend and stock up," Rep. Bohac said. "As a father, I appreciate the responsibility of equipping our children for success as they begin their school year and recognize the strain that this can cause on a family's budget. The sales tax holiday will help families save almost 10 percent while getting the essentials for the school year."

The three day annual sales tax holiday exempts Texas shoppers from paying sales and use taxes on most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100. This will save shoppers roughly $8 on every $100 they spend. Since the annual sales tax holiday was enacted in 1999, it has saved Texans roughly $862.1 million, with a projected savings of $82.7 million this year alone

In 2009, Rep. Bohac successfully authored HB 1801 that added most school supplies and backpacks to the list of exempted items during Texas’ annual sales tax holiday. Since it was passed, the school supplies sales tax holiday is estimated to have saved Texas parents, students and teachers over $29 million on essential school supplies, with an expected $8 million more anticipated this year.

Below are the lists of qualifying items exempt during the sales tax holiday, August 8-10. (Please feel free to print it out and take it with you):

List of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100)


Binders
Book bags
Calculators
Cellophane tape
Blackboard chalk
Compasses
Composition books
Crayons
Erasers
Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila
Glue, paste and paste sticks
Highlighters
Index cards
Index card boxes
Legal pads
Lunch boxes
Markers (including dry erase markers)
Notebooks
Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper
Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes
Pencil sharpeners
Pencils
Pens
Protractors
Rulers
Scissors
Writing tablets

List of Qualifying Clothing, Footwear and Other Items (under $100) Sold During the Sales Tax Holiday


Adult diapers
Aprons (household)
Athletic socks
Baby bibs
Baby clothes
Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
Belts with attached buckles
Blouses
Boots (general purpose)
Bow ties
Bowling shirts
Bras
Camp clothes
Caps (baseball, fishing, golf)
Chef uniforms
Children’s novelty costumes
Clerical vestments
Coats and wraps
Coveralls
Diapers (cloth and disposable)
Dresses
Employee uniforms (unless rented)
Fishing caps
Fishing vests (non-flotation)
Gloves (generally)
Graduation caps and gowns
Gym suits and uniforms
Hats
Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts
Hosiery, including support hosiery
Hunting vests
Jackets
Jeans
Jogging apparel
Knitted caps or hats
Leg warmers
Leotards and tights
Mask, costume
Neckwear and ties
Nightgowns and nightshirts
Painter pants
Pajamas
Pants
Panty hose
Raincoats and ponchos
Rain hats
Religious clothing
Robes
Scarves
Scout uniforms
Shawls and wraps
Shirts
Shirts (hooded)
Shoes (generally)
Shorts
Skirts
Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas
Slippers
Slips
Soccer socks
Socks
Suits, slacks, and jackets
Support hosiery
Suspenders
Sweatshirts
Sweat suits
Sweaters
Swimsuits
Ties (neckties - all)
Tights
Trousers
Underclothes
Underpants
Undershirts
Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)
Veils
Vests (generally)
Work clothes
Work uniforms
Workout clothes


On November 6, 2012, Representative Dwayne Bohac was re-elected to represent House District 138. He is a lifelong district resident.