New Items on the List for Tax Free Weekend

The annual no sales tax week-end has become a back-to-school tradition. The Texas Controller's office says this year it will begin on Friday August 21st and run through Sunday August 23rd. Rod Rice has more.

The tax exempt holiday is meant for back to school shoppers but everyone who buys tax exempt items benefits. RJ DeSilva with the state controller's office says the law exempts a lot of clothing and footwear from sales and use taxes.

"It covers most clothing and shoes for kids and adults under a hundred dollars and then you've got school backpacks that are under a hundred dollars."

The backpacks must have straps so they can be worn on the back, they can have wheels as long as they have the straps, but they may not have a frame. You can buy up to ten backpacks without an exemption certificate. 

Purchases of all items made on a business account will need an exemption certificate.

The Texas legislature added some new items this year during the legislative session.  

"This year you've got school supplies like crayons, erasers, folders, compasses, composition books, pens, pencils that are under a hundred dollars per item."

Again this year you can buy things on lay-away and still get the tax break.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...