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Tax-Free Holiday & Houston Back to School 2013 - August 9, 2013

Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Holiday
Aug. 9 - 11, 2013

Senate Bill 485 (83rd Regular Legislative Session, 2013) sets Aug. 9-11 as the dates of this year’s annual Sales Tax Holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

All-inclusive 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

View the List of Qualifying Clothing, Footwear, and Other Items

View the Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions

Where to Shop in the District:

8225 S. Gessner Rd Suite A
Houston, TX 77036


Office Depot
6904 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77074


7500 Bellaire Boulevard
Houston, TX 77036


Shop at PlazAmericas Mall this weekend (Tax Free Weekend), spend $50 or more with any merchant and get a FREE movie ticket from Viva Cinema

Plaz Americas & Viva Cinema Tax Free Weekend promo

Bargain Shopping on Harwin Drive



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