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Memorial Day Weekend means Sales Tax Holiday

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Soon it will be Memorial Day Weekend, which means some tax free shopping. But many local businesses did not know about the state-wide exemptions.

There will be two tax exemptions going on. One on WaterSense products and one on Energy Star products. This means items anywhere from refrigerators to plants will be tax exempt.

Each Memorial Day Weekend, Don's TV and Appliance in Tyler is prepared for the crowds.

"This weekend has been the biggest weekend of sales for appliances in our store, bigger than Black Friday," Don's Sales Manager Brian Thedford said.

This is due to the Energy Star sales tax exemptions.

Energy Star is a rating the government gives appliances if it meets an energy efficient standard.

"Dishwashers that are Energy Star, refrigerators that are under $2,000 dollars and washers, and that pretty much about 90 percent of those products they do qualify for the tax-free," Thedford said.

Air conditioners less than $6,000 dollars are also on the list.

But TDI air conditioning in Tyler says that's referring to window units, not central air conditioning.

"It is a little misleading because central air conditioners, an individual cannot buy them. They have to be installed, and they don't pay a sales tax on that installation," TDI Air Conditioning Harlon Lambright said.

Water efficient products are also sales tax exempt this weekend. But, many nurseries and hardware stores in Tyler were unaware.

"If your retailer doesn't know about it, remind them that you do know about it and that is a tax free weekend and that you should not be paying taxes on those items," Wilhite Landscaping CEO James Wilhite said.

Items that qualify include--

"Any plant, any plant mulch, compost, any irrigation item, anything that saves water, and anything that's labeled under the EPA's designation WaterSense," Wilhite said.

The goal for these sales tax holidays is to promote conserving water and energy.

For more details on the exemptions, click here.

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