Weekend holiday provides break from sales taxes

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Aug. 5—Shoppers across Texas can take advantage this weekend of a break from state and local sales taxes, during the annual sales tax holiday.

According to the Texas Comptroller's Office, the event which starts Friday and continues though Sunday exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

The date of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.

"For many families with children who are going back to their school campuses for the first time since the pandemic began, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items," Hegar said. "As a father with three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up."

Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller's website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

During the annual sales tax holiday, qualifying items can be purchased tax free online or by telephone, mail, custom order or any other means (including in-store purchases) when either the item is both delivered to, and paid for by, the customer during the exemption period; 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.

Texas' sales tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999, allowing consumers to save millions of dollars in state and local sales taxes each year. The Comptroller's office estimates that shoppers will save an estimated $107.3 million in state and local sales tax during the sales tax holiday.

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