Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tax Holiday for Appliances

If you have an appliance purchase in your future, you might want to hold off until Memorial Day weekend. From 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 26, certain energy-efficient products will be sold without the state sales tax. This is a Texas tax holiday, but other states may be participating as well.

You could snag a substantial savings on products that qualify under the Energy Star program, which means the product meets strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the US DOE and EPA.

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 and fixtures (compact fluorescent)
• Programmable thermostats
• Refrigerators priced under $2,000

Qualifying products will display the Energy Star logo on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. I didn’t realize this but, Energy Star does not rate clothes dryers because there is little difference in energy use among all models.

There are no limits on the number of items that may be purchased during this new sales tax holiday, and an exemption certificate is not required.

You can see lists of products that qualify for the tax holiday at

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