The annual sales tax holiday which runs through Sunday, offers a bit more savings to consumers. Ruben Chapa is general manager of Staples near Almeda Mall. He says tax free items make up a sizable chunk of his inventory.
“I may say maybe bout 15-percent of our office supplies that are geared toward back to school are pens, pencils, paper, filler paper, calculators, construction glue, crayolas…all of those, lunch kits, school boxes. Those are the items that now are tax free as well.”
This woman brought her daughter along to help stock up on supplies before moving on to other stores.
“We’re on our way to do shoes and then other accessories for school so…”
PH: “So as a rule, tax-free holiday is good?”
Woman: “It can be good but, it all depends. It really all depends, and yeah, it is pretty close to when school’s starting, so it’s kinda hard.” (laughter)
At Almeda Mall, Kevin Green had his hands full of shoes for his sons, not realizing he didn’t have to pay sales tax.
“Well, actually it was a surprise that I got it. When I came in and saw there wasn’t no tax, because we went to like three stores, and so, it was all a big savings.”
PH: “You bought some shoes for your boys so, it’s a pretty significant savings, right ?”
Kevin Green: “Yeah, tax probably 25 to 30-dollars in savings.”
PH: “Almost enough for another pair of shoes, maybe?”
Kevin Green: “Yeah, extra socks.”
It’s estimated that the weekend could save Texas families over 65-million dollars in state and local sales taxes.
PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.