Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 24, 2013

‘Energy Star’ purchases tax free Saturday to Monday

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — The spring tax break doesn’t get as much fanfare as the fall back-to-school sales tax holiday, but it can be the better bargain.

This weekend, from Saturday through Monday night, people buying energy efficient appliances and air conditioners don’t have to pay the additional 8.25 percent sales tax. For an air conditioner priced at $1,000, that’s a savings of just over $80.

Basically, it includes energy efficient air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; fluorescent light bulbs; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and clothes washers. Clothes dryers aren’t included, because they’re not Energy Star certified.

Energy Star is a certification system that helps consumers know when an appliance is energy efficient.

The state’s comptroller has compiled a list of purchases included in the tax holiday online at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/.

Sears in Corsicana will have a Memorial Day sale that coincides with the sales tax holiday, which works out well for customers, according to Ronnie Guillory, manager.

“The Memorial dales are going to be busier than normal (because of it),” Guillory said. “This is more like a special sale with the tax free on Energy Star appliances.”

Home Depot is also offering a 10 percent off sale and special financing, according to spokeswoman Margaret Watters, with Home Depot.

Area Wide Services is primarily an air conditioning service company, but they do sell replacement units, explained James Grigar, CEO. However, he doesn’t expect a big rush on a/c units.

A much better bargain is to get a high-efficiency unit and take advantage of a different kind of tax break, he advised.

“The higher efficiency, those do get a tax credit worth anywhere from $150 to $500, depending on the efficiency of the equipment,” Grigar said. “And we have some geothermal equipment that qualifies for a full 30 percent tax credit.”

The tax credit on geothermal is a federal tax credit, so it comes off the buyer’s income taxes, making it more valuable than a rebate, he said.

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