Water Efficient Tax Free Weekend Coming

What are you planning for the long Memorial Day Weekend?

Maybe an out of town getaway, perhaps a backyard cookout? Maybe plenty of swimming is on the agenda.

Perhaps you should add a trip to the store to purchase some water efficient products–tax free.

“Buying water efficient products is a good way to help conserve and save water” said State Senator Juan Hoinojosa, applauding the first sales tax holiday weekend of its kind in the Lone Star State.

“I know this bill will not only help in educating the public about the importance of conserving water–but it will also provide them the tools to help do that” Hinojosa added.

A variety of items are covered under the holiday.

“Under an amendment to this bill, we added soaker or drip irrigation hoses… mulch, and rain barrels” said State Representative Drew Darby.

And, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the savings should add up.

“It’s estimated by my office that taxpayers will be able to save about $4.8-million” Hegar said.

Complete list of items covered by the sales tax holiday May 28-30:

WaterSense Products

During the holiday period, you can buy any product tax free that displays a WaterSense label or logo. These items can be bought for either personal or business purposes.

Water-Conserving Products

You can also buy certain water-conserving products tax free during the holiday period.

Unlike WaterSense-labeled items, these items are only exempt when you buy them for use at your residential property.

You can buy items tax free during the holiday that are used or planted for:

conserving or retaining groundwater;

recharging water tables; or

decreasing ambient air temperature, and so limiting water evaporation.

Examples of items that qualify for the exemption include:

a soaker or drip-irrigation hose

a moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system

mulch

a rain barrel or an alternative rain and moisture collection system

a permeable ground cover surface that allows water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points

plants, trees and grasses

water-saving surfactants

Examples of items that do not qualify for the exemption include:

construction/building materials

awnings and other items used to create shade

air conditioners*

ceiling fans*

sprinklers

*Certain air conditioners and ceiling fans can be bought tax free as part of the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday during Memorial Day weekend.

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