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Tax Free Weekend Gives Parents Some Savings On School Supplies

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The annual Texas sales tax holiday is taking place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for a number of school-related items.

“The tax break is on items, individual items priced under a hundred dollars. So if you have a couple a kids going back to school and you buy two new pairs of blue jeans, a couple a new pairs of sneakers, some new jackets, things like that, and your total purchase is over a hundred dollars, it’s really about those individual items that you’re saving your sales tax on. So as long as the individual item is under a hundred dollars you’re still saving some state and local sales tax,” says Chris Bryan, a spokesman with the Texas Comptroller’s Office.

The tax break for anyone shopping this weekend in Texas will be about $8 on every $100 spent.  It includes qualifying items sold online, by telephone, or by mail.  Shoppers can also use layaway plans.

A list of items that are tax exempt can be found at TexasTaxHoliday.org.

For a list of qualifying school supplies check here.

For a list of qualifying clothing and footwear check here.