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Texas Shoppers Save During Sales Tax Holiday

Families shopping for back-to-school gear for their kids get a break this weekend during the annual Texas Sales Tax Holiday.

For the past 14 years, Texas parents have taken advantage of the annual event. Most clothing and shoes valued under $100 will be exempt from state and local sales tax. Also exempt are items such as diapers, adult uniforms, swimwear, and and some sporting equipment.  

“In 2007, school backpacks were added to the list. In 2009, school supplies like pencils, pens, notebooks were added to the list as well.” 

So how much of a help is the sales tax holiday? JR DiSilva with the State Comptroller’s Office says shoppers around the state are expected to save an estimated $65 million.

“The state and local sales tax combined is eight-and-a-quarter percent, so for each $100 of items that you’re buying, you’re saving about $8, and that obviously can add up.”

The sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through Sunday.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

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From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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