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story.lead_photo.caption A local Walmart is ready for the upcoming back-to-school sales tax holiday weekends in Texas and Arkansas. Arkansas' is this weekend and Texas' is next. Photo by Karl Richter / Texarkana Gazette.

Arkansas' back-to-school sales tax holiday is this weekend, and Texas' version follows a week later.

Both annual events promise to save consumers money on certain clothing and school supplies.

On Saturday and Sunday, Arkansas will waive sales tax on many items typically purchased for children about to start a new school year. Adults can take advantage of the savings, as well.

Arkansas will exempt from sales tax clothing and footwear priced less than $100; clothing accessories and equipment priced less than $50; school supplies; school art supplies; and school instructional materials.

During Texas' sales tax holiday Aug. 9-11, consumers can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks sold for less than $100 tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items bought during the sales tax holiday. Items bought before or after the sales tax holiday do not qualify for exemption, and there is no tax refund available.

For more information, visit the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration's website at dfa.arkansas.gov or the Texas Comptroller's website at comptroller.texas.gov.

 

Exempt Items

 

Items exempt from sales tax during holiday:

 

ARKANSAS, AUG. 3-4, 2019

Clothing, less than $100 per item

Aprons, household and shop

Athletic supporters

Baby receiving blankets

Bathing suits and caps

Beach capes and coats

Belts and suspenders

Boots

Coats and jackets

Costumes

Diapers, including disposables

Earmuffs

Footlets

Formal wear

Garters and garter belts

Girdles

Gloves and mittens for general use

Hats and caps

Hosiery

Insoles for shoes

Lab coats

Neckties

Overshoes

Pantyhose

Rainwear

Rubber pants

Sandals

Scarves

Shoes and shoe laces

Slippers

Sneakers

Socks and stockings

Steel-toed shoes

Underwear

Uniforms, athletic and nonathletic

Wedding apparel

Clothing accessory or equipment, less than $50 per item

Briefcases

Cosmetics

Hair notions, including barrettes, hair bows and hair nets

Handbags

Handkerchiefs

Jewelry

Sunglasses, nonprescription

Umbrellas

Wallets

Watches

Wigs and hairpieces

School supplies

Binders

Book bags

Calculators

Cellophane tape

Blackboard chalk

Compasses

Composition books

Crayons

Erasers

Folders — expandable, pocket, plastic and manila supply boxes

Glue, paste and paste sticks

Highlighters

Index cards

Index card boxes

Legal pads

Lunch boxes

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

School art supply

Clay and glazes

Paints — acrylic, tempora and oil

Paintbrushes for artwork

Sketch and drawing pads

Watercolors

School instructional material

Reference books

Reference maps and globes

Textbooks

Workbooks

 

TEXAS, AUG. 9-11, 2019

Clothing, footwear and other items, less than $100 per item

Adult diapers

Aprons (household)

Athletic socks

Baby bibs

Baby clothes

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)

Backpacks for use by elementary/secondary students

Baseball caps

Baseball jerseys

Belts with attached buckles

Blouses

Boots (general purpose)

Boots (cowboy)

Boots (hiking)

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

Earmuffs (cold weather)

Employee uniforms (unless rented)

Fishing caps

Fishing vests (nonflotation)

Football jerseys

Gloves (generally)

Gloves (dress, unless rented)

Gloves (leather)

Golf accessories

Golf caps

Golf dresses

Golf jackets and windbreakers

Golf shirts

Golf skirts

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

Safety shoes (adaptable for street wear)

Scarves

Scout uniforms

Shawls and wraps

Shirts

Shirts (hooded)

Shoes (generally)

Shoes (boat)

Shoes (cross trainers)

Shoes (dress)

Shoes (flip-flops; rubber thongs)

Shoes (jellies)

Shoes (running, without cleats)

Shoes (safety, suitable for everyday use)

Shoes (sandals)

Shoes (slippers)

Shoes (sneakers)

Shoes (tennis)

Shoes (walking)

Shorts

Skirts

Sleepwear, nightgowns, pajamas

Slippers

Slips

Soccer socks

Socks

Suits, slacks and jackets

Support hosiery

Suspenders

Sweatshirts

Sweatsuits

Sweaters

Swimsuits

Tennis dresses

Tennis shorts

Tennis shoes

Tennis skirts

Ties (neckties — all)

Tights

Trousers

Underclothes

Underpants

Undershirts

Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)

Veils

Vests (generally)

Vests (fishing, nonflotation)

Vests (hunting)

Work clothes

Work uniforms

Workout clothes

School supplies

Binders

Blackboard chalk

Book bags

Calculators

Cellophane tape

Compasses

Composition books

Crayons

Erasers

Folders — expandable, pocket, plastic and manila

Glue, paste and paste sticks

Highlighters

Index cards

Index card boxes

Kits*

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

* For kits of school supplies that contain exempt items, as well as taxable ones, the taxability depends on the value of exempt or taxable items in it. There is no limit on the quantity of school supplies in a kit, but if the value of the exempt items is more than the taxable ones, the kit is exempt. If the value of the taxable items is more than the exempt ones, then the kit is taxable.

Sources: Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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