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Texas Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, 2014


 Texas back-to-school sales tax holiday will start about 15 days prior to the first day of the school year.

Update, 06.06.14: Dates for the Texas 2014 back-to-school sales tax holiday have been announced. It takes place August 8-10.

There has been a sales tax holiday for clothing and school supplies in Texas since 1999. Last year, the law was amended to change the date of the annual tax-free period.

Prior to the amendment, the tax-free period took place “beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the eighth day preceding the earliest date on which any school district, other than a district operating a year-round system, may begin instruction for the school year...”  (Sections 151.326 and 151.327). Emphasis mine).

Senate Bill 485, which became law on June 14, 2013, changes the start of the tax free period to “…12:01 a.m. on the Friday before the fifteenth day preceding the earliest date on which any school district… may begin instruction for the school year….” (Emphasis mine).

The actual date for the 2014 Texas back-to-school sales tax holiday has not yet been announced by the Texas Comptroller.

Tax law changes like this happen all the time. They're one good reason why it's worth switching to an automated sales tax system.

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Gail Cole
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Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.