Sales tax holiday means more bang for back-to-school bucks
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Too late for the before-school-starts open houses in Houston County where teachers, especially at the elementary level, encourage parents to bring their children’s school supplies, the state’s annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-21, the final weekend before school starts on Monday, Aug. 22. “On that weekend, shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school supplies, school backpacks and most children’s and adults’ clothing and shoes priced at less than $100,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “The tax break helps out when the kids’ back-to-school lists are long and money is short.” This year, Combs predicts shoppers will save $62.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday. The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999. Currently, the Tax Code sets the holiday for the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found at www.texastaxholiday.org.