Fort Worth ISD Parents Can Save Money on
Back-to-School Shopping During Sales Tax Holiday
Who: Parents and families of Fort Worth ISD
What: Annual sales tax holiday
When: August 10 – 12, 2018
Where: Texas stores or online or catalog seller doing business in Texas
Parents and families in the Fort Worth ISD can save money on most of their back-to-school shopping during the annual sales tax holiday. This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 10, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 12.
During this holiday weekend, shoppers can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free. The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items purchased during the sales tax holiday.
The following information is taken from the Texas State Comptroller website
Clothing and footwear
The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy.
For example, if you buy two shirts for $80 each, each shirt qualifies for the exemption because each is less than $100, even though the total purchase price is $160.
This is a partial list of clothing and footwear that qualify for tax exemption. Visit the Texas State Comptroller website for a complete list of eligible and non-eligible clothing and footwear.
Pants, jeans, trousers
Shoes (generally exempt, with some exceptions)
During the sales tax holiday, student backpacks sold for less than $100 are exempt from tax.
The exemption includes backpacks with wheels and messenger bags. You can buy up to 10 backpacks tax free at one time without giving an exemption certificate to the seller.
This is a partial list of qualifying school supplies. The Texas State Comptroller website has a complete list of school supplies that qualify for tax exemption.
Glue, paste, paste sticks
* 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.
Visit the Texas State Comptroller website for complete lists of eligible and non-eligible items to get the most out of the sales tax holiday. This website also has information on making a layaway purchase or other special purchases.
Congratulations to the Fort Worth ISD elementary and secondary schools that were recently recognized by Chief Financial Officer Elsie Schiro for successfully increasing attendance during the 2017-2018 school year. Attendance Adds Up! winners at the elementary school level for 2017-18 are the Leadership Academy at Maude Logan, Seminary Hills Park, Daggett, Carter Park, M.H. Moore and Morningside elementary schools.
How is your campus preparing to celebrate the first day of school, August 20?
Email photos of the preparation process and first-day celebrations to Inside@fwisd.org or use the hashtag #InsideFWISD on Facebook and Twitter. Some photos will be included on the District's social media platforms and in a future Inside FWISD edition.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following are recent photos from across the Fort Worth ISD.
14th Annual Tarrant County Back to School Roundup
I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA Panther Camp: The inaugural class at I.M. Terrell received a private tour of the campus and facility. Teachers and students were excited to see classrooms built specifically for robotics, dance, and more
Jumpstart Teacher Academy
Elementary School Leadership 2018-2019 Kick-Off Meeting
Thank you, to Mark Feuling, president of Turnkey Construction and Development Group, who recently donated 30 neon yellow backpacks filled with school supplies to Fort Worth ISD’s Sunrise-McMillian Elementary School. Also, a special thank you to the Junior Women's Club who donated school supplies to M.L. Phillips Elementary School.
Thank you to Fidelity Investments, which recently partnered with Blue Zones Project for a garden cleanup at East Handley, H.V. Helbing and T.A. Sims elementary schools. More than 20 volunteers prepared garden beds to support planting and cultivating vegetables and native plants in an outdoor learning environment for the 2018-2019 school year. Fidelity Investments is working to become a Blue Zones Project-approved worksite.