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Texas Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday In May


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Memorial Day weekend in Texas heralds the annual Energy Star sales tax holiday weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 28, the holiday gives Texas shoppers “…a break from state and local sales and use taxes.”

According to the state publication, “Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Earning the Energy Star means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and the DOE.

The products qualifying for the exemption are:

  • air conditioners priced at $6000 or less;
  • clothes washers (but not clothes dryers);
  • ceiling fans;
  • dehumidifiers;
  • dishwashers;
  • light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent);
  • programmable thermostats;* and
  • refrigerators priced at $2000 or less.”

Clothes dryers do not qualify for the exemption but Internet and catalog sales of eligible products qualify.

There is no limit to the number of items that may be purchased.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”