Upgrade Your Appliances Memorial Day Weekend and Save Money!
Sales Tax Holiday May 29-31
Texas shoppers can expect to save about $3 million overall in state and local sales taxes during the event, which is patterned after the annual Sales Tax Holiday on clothing and shoes in mid-August.
It’s May – which means hotter weather and more energy use! Now is the time to make sure you are using yourenergy as efficiently as possible by upgrading yourappliances. If you were not able to take advantage of last month’s appliance rebate program, during Memorial Day weekend you have another chance to save – when Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales and use taxes on purchases of certain energy efficient products. The 2010 Energy Star sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day).
“Shoppers will pay no sales tax on selected Energy Star products and they will save even more on their future utility bills as Energy Star qualified appliances use 10-50 percent less energy and water than standard models, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said when the program was first launched. “Conservation and energy diversity are critical for Texas to continue meeting the needs of a growing population and a thriving economy.” Learn more.
Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment:
- Air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units)
- Clothes washers (but not clothes dryers*)
- Ceiling fans
- Light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)
- Programmable thermostats
- Refrigerators priced under $2,000.
* The Energy Star designation is not applied to clothes dryers since there is little difference in the energy use between models.
The items eligible for the exemption during the Energy Star holiday is limited to only those items specifically listed in Tax Code Section 151.33.
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