The annual tax-free weekend in Texas starts today and, thanks to COVID-19, Texas has opened up your retail options.

If you don't want to walk into a mall or store crammed with, (potentially), a bunch of sick people, you'll be happy to know that you don't necessarily have to. In an effort to keep crowds to a minimum, Texas will allow online purchases to go un-taxed.

You can, of course, visit your favorite retailer to tale advantage of the tax break(s) this weekend, as usual, if you would like and/or need to. In order to help curb the crowds and give everyone, literally, some room to breathe though, this year Texas is allowing you to shop in other ways. According to comptroller.texas.gov

To promote social distancing, the Texas Comptroller’s office wants all taxpayers to know that during the Tax-Free Weekend, you can buy qualifying items online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) tax free, when either

  • the item is both delivered, and paid for, by the customer during the exemption; or

  • the customer orders and pays for the item, and the seller accepts the order during the exemption period for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period ends.

Other conditions of purchase do apply, for more details click here.  For a list of all the items that will be tax-free this weekend, click here. For "special purchase" details and info on how to get a sales tax refund, click here.