Tax-Free Weekend, May 25-27, 2019

on water saving products and goods

The Lawn & Garden Water Smart Tax Holiday was created in 2016 to encourage water responsibility in Texas. During Memorial Day Weekend, consumers can purchase certain water saving products tax free. Below is a breakdown of the items that qualify for the sales tax exemption:

WaterSense Products
During Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2019, retailers do not charge sales tax on any product that displays a WaterSense label or logo. These items can be bought for either personal or business purposes.

Water-Conserving Products
Consumers can also purchase certain water-conserving products tax free. Unlike WaterSense-labeled items, these items are only tax-exempt when purchased for use at a residential property.

Items are 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
  • all plants, trees and grasses
  • water-saving surfactants
  • soil and compost

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
  • lawn sprinklers

Remember, the City offers rebates on specific WaterSense labeled items!  And mulch is FREE everyday for City of Round Rock water customers at our brush recycling facility!

Learn more about the tax-free holiday on Texas Comptroller’s website.