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Texans: Need an air conditioner, ceiling fan or light bulbs? They are tax free May 26-28

Light bulbs, toilets, dishwashers, refrigerators are among the items that will be tax free over Memorial Day in Texas due to the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday and the Water Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday.
Light bulbs, toilets, dishwashers, refrigerators are among the items that will be tax free over Memorial Day in Texas due to the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday and the Water Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. AP

Need a new dishwasher? Maybe a refrigerator or air conditioner?

If so, Memorial Day weekend might be the right time to buy one — or items such as ceiling fans, light bulbs, shower heads, toilets or bathroom faucets.

That's when there are two sales tax holidays — for Energy Star and water efficient products — to save some Texans money.

Both holidays run from Saturday, May 26, through midnight Monday, May 28.

The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday is geared to let Texans buy, rent or lease items labeled Energy Star, such as clothes washers, dehumidifiers and incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs — and pay no taxes.

Air conditioners that cost $6,000 or less and refrigerators that cost $2,000 or less also are eligible for the tax break.

Officials say items that don't qualify for the tax break, even if they are labeled Energy Star, include water heaters, stoves, heat pumps, clothes dryers and kegerators.

The water-efficient tax holiday lets Texans buy water conservation or water-efficient products — such as shower heads, toilets, urinals, sink faucets and pre-rinse spray valves.

Any product marked with a WaterSense label or logo is eligible for a tax-free purchase.

Soil, mulch, compost, plants, grasses and trees — even drip irrigation hoses, rain barrels and moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems — are among the eligible tax-free items.

Officials stress that some items, such as construction and building materials, as well as awnings and other shade structures, will not be tax-free.

There’s no limit on the number of products that can be bought under either tax holiday. State estimates show that Texans may save about $10.7 million in state and local sales tax over this weekend.

"Save water. Save energy. Save cash," according to the comptroller's office.

Anyone with questions about the two tax holidays may call the comptroller's office at 800-252-5555.

Tax holidays in Texas

Texas has several sales-tax-free holidays. The current sales tax holidays this year:

Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, April 28-30. This holiday lets shoppers in Texas shop tax free for items such as portable generators, storm protection devices, first-aid kits and other related items.

Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, May 26-28. This weekend lets Texans buy energy efficient items such as air conditioners, clothes washers, ceiling fans, dishwashers and certain types of light bulbs tax free.

Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, May 26-28. Texans may buy water conservation or water efficient products — such as a drip-irrigation hose, plants, mulch, even rain barrels — tax free this weekend.

“Back to School” Sales Tax Holiday, Aug. 10-12. Parents, students and other shoppers may head to the stores to shop tax free for certain back-to-school clothes, shoes, school backpacks and other supplies.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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