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Memorial Day Sales Tax Holiday for Energy Star Products

Insider's Report Vol. 7, No. 20

As a result of a bill that I helped pass in 2007, certain Energy Star approved items will be exempt from sales tax beginning at 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 23 and ending at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 25.  There is no limit on the number of qualifying items one can purchase during this sales tax holiday, and an exemption certificate is not required

The Energy Star program is a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy that identifies and promotes energy-efficient products. Last year alone, products and practices promoted by the Energy Star program saved businesses and consumers across the United States about $16 billion through lower energy use. For more information about the Energy Star program, visit the official website http://www.energystar.gov.

The products qualifying for the exemption are:

  • air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units)
  • clothes washers (but not clothes dryers*)
  • ceiling fans
  • dehumidifiers
  • dishwashers
  • light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)
  • programmable thermostats
  • refrigerators priced under $2,000.

*  Because most dryers use similar amounts of energy, Energy Star does not label clothes dryers.

I wanted to make you aware of the sales tax holiday in case you plan to purchase any of these items in the near future. I also encourage you to always look for the Energy Star label on the products that you buy since using energy-efficient products means lower bills at both your home and business.

To learn more about the sales tax holiday, you can visit the Texas Comptroller's website and read a full description of the program: http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/