Shoppers can save on taxes this weekend

Published on Friday, 8 August 2014 22:16 - Written by Calvin Maynard calvinmaynardtmt@gmail.com

Shoppers looking for back-to-school deals can enjoy Texas’ annual tax-free weekend through Sunday.

Families can save money on most clothing, footwear and school supplies for purchases under $100, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 spent, according to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

Tax-free items include traditional items such as jewelry, jeans, belts and shoes, as well as less obvious merchandise, such as personal flotation devices, weight-lifting belts and school supplies, including backpacks and binders.

A complete list of qualifying items can be found atwww.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday .

“Families gearing up for the new school year will not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items ranging from pens to blue jeans,” Ms. Combs said. “When the back-to-school list is long and the money is short, it can be difficult for Texas families. We hope this tax break will help ease that burden.”

Texas has had the sales tax holiday annually since 1999.

Shoppers are expected to save about $82.7 million in state and local sales taxes this year, Ms. Combs said.

The exemption applies to sales of all qualifying items sold this weekend, including sales online, by mail, and by telephone. Lay-away plans also qualify again this year, according to the website.