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Cinco de Mayo, Texas Style


 Have sales tax permit, have fireworks.

A Cinco de Mayo celebration without fireworks (and tequila and parades and dancing) is just like any other day. The sale of fireworks is therefore legal in parts of Texas between May 1 and May 5 (the Cinco de Mayo celebration period).

However, the retail sale of fireworks is permitted only in counties “in which the county commissioner’s court has approved the sale of fireworks during that period,” and only within 100 miles of the Texas-Mexico border. That means, for example, that no fireworks sales are permitted in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Retailers must obtain a sales tax permit and also register to collect the 2% fireworks tax. The fireworks tax is “in addition to all applicable state and local sales and use taxes.” Additional information.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
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.