Back-to-school shoppers in Texas can save about 8 cents on every dollar from Aug. 5-7 on certain purchases—including clothing, backpacks and school supplies—during the annual Sales Tax Holiday weekend.
Items purchased must each be priced at less than $100, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts office’s website. For example, two items each priced at $80 would qualify for the exemption, but a purchase of a single $160 item would not qualify.
“If you’re a parent and you’re looking to save money, it’s a good way to load up on some things,” said Kevin Lyons, press secretary for the comptroller’s office.
Lyons said the annual tax holiday began in 1999. The exemption applies to all Texas stores and Internet or catalog sellers based in the state.
Wolf Ranch Town Center, which features more than 80 stores, is participating in tax-free weekend for back to school clothes and supplies.
On Aug. 13, Wolf Ranch will feature a "back-to-school round-up" from 10 a.m.-noon. The event features western-themed entertainment and activities to win school supplies. Georgetown ISD representatives will be be at the event to provide information on the 2016-17 school year.
Tax-free weekend shoppers are also encouraged to bring new school supplies for the “Fill the Bus" campaign hosted by the Georgetown Area Junior Forum this weekend. Supplies can be dropped off Aug. 6-7 at the Wal-Mart shopping center, located at 620 S. I-35, Georgetown. Supplies and cash donations will be given to GISD students.
The sale extends from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 to midnight at the end of the day Aug. 7. Layaway plans also can be used on qualifying purchases during the tax holiday.
Sales tax on individual items priced at more than $100 is charged at the usual rate, according to the comptroller’s office. Rentals, alterations and cleaning services on clothing and footwear are not included in the exemption.
For a detailed list of exempt and taxable items, visit www.texastaxholiday.org
Correction: Wolf Ranch Town Center is hosting the "back-to-school round up" event on Aug. 13, not during tax-free weekend.