Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 9, 2013

Save sales taxes

Holiday lets you save money

Special to the Review
The Athens Review

ATHENS — AUSTIN — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual Sales Tax Holiday.

This year, the Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 -11.

The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.

“Texas families can take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday when doing their back-to-school shopping,” Combs said. “The tax holiday applies to a variety of items ranging from pens to jeans to help shoppers around Texas save some of their hard-earned money.”

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $74.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday.

The dates for the tax holiday weekend are established by the Legislature in the state-tax code. The Sales Tax Holiday has been an annual event since 1999.