From May 29th to 31st, 2010 Energy Star rated appliances will be sales tax free! If you are in the market for a new refrigerator, dishwasher, or other appliance this weekend is the time to go. There is NO LIMIT on the number of qualifying items you can purchase and no exemption certificate is needed. The 2010 Energy Star sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day).
The appliance purchased must be an appliance that has received an Energy Star rating. This is almost always advertised along with the product. Energy Star products not only reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, they also will reduce the amount of money leaving your wallet over time. Energy Star is a joint program between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy. If an appliance is given the Energy Star rating it means the product meets strict energy efficient guidelines laid out by the agencies.
Examples of some sales tax-free items:
- Air conditioners priced under $6,000
- Refrigerators priced under $2,000
- Programmable thermostats
- Ceiling fans
- Incandescent & fluorescent light bulbs
- Clothes washers (but not clothes dryers)
Go here for more information on this tax-free holiday: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/