This week I would like to remind families that they can save on the purchases of certain water and energy efficient products. This year’s sales tax holiday will begin on Saturday, May 29th thorough Monday, May 31st. The holiday was created by the Texas Legislature six years ago to help Texans update outdated water systems and inefficient appliances. The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save about $13.4 million in state and local sales taxes.
According to the Texas Comptroller’s office, products displaying a WaterSense label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. Items include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals, and landscape irrigation controls.
Furthermore, the sales tax holiday applies to lawn and garden products that conserve water outdoors. Items that qualify include a soaker or drip irrigation hoses; moisture controls for sprinklers or irrigation systems; mulch; plants; trees and grass. These items can only be purchased tax free for residential use only. There is no limit to the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax free.
Also, certain energy-efficient products displaying the Energy Star logo can be purchased tax free. Items included 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.
To assist families who are planning to take advantage of the savings, the Comptroller’s website provides a list of qualifying tax-free items. This list can be found online at Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday and Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.
We are in the final weeks of the 87th Legislative Session. Sine Die, the final day, of this Session is May 31st. Until then, the Legislature will continue to hold hearings over bills in committees and decide matters in the House and Senate Chambers. To look up and/or track legislation that interests you, please visit Texas Legislature Online. You can look up legislation by word, phrase, or bill number in the top-middle section of this page. The left of the page has several links that will connect you to the Texas House of Representatives and to the Texas Senate.
If you have any questions regarding the annual Sales Tax Holiday, please do not hesitate to contact either my Capitol or District office. It is a busy time of year for parents, so my offices are available to assist at any time to with questions, concerns, or comments. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns, or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces (Part) County. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 512-463-0672.