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Sales tax holidays this weekend

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As Texas businesses slowly reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water-and-energy-efficient products during upcoming Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR sales tax holidays.

Both tax holidays were created by the Texas Legislature and will run together from Saturday through Monday, May 23-25.

“Inefficient appliances and outdated water systems put a tremendous strain on our power grids and water supplies,” Hegar said in a news release earlier this month. “Even in these uncertain times, Texans can take advantage of this sales tax holiday to buy more energy-efficient items, support local businesses and save money. You can practice social distancing and other precautionary measures when shopping in person or shop online. Qualifying products are tax free.”

This is the fifth year for the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday.

Products displaying a WaterSense label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. Those items include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.

The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors.

Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses, moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems, mulch and plants, trees and grasses.

Those items can be purchased tax free for residential use only.

More information on the Water-Efficient Products tax holiday is available online at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1018.php.

During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax free.

Included in the tax-free offerings are air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines.

Visit the Comptroller’s website at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/96-1331.php for more details about the ENERGY STAR tax holiday.