Sales tax holiday begins in Texas

The annual tax-free weekend for back-to-school items has begun in Texas.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s office is using phrases like “Goodbye, beach bag. Hello, lunch bag.” and “Goodbye, swimming pool. Hello, carpool.” as part of its campaign to inform residents of the sales tax holiday.

As part of the holiday, most school supplies, clothes and backpacks costing less than $100 can be purchased tax-free. On average, shoppers will save around $8 per $100 spent during the weekend.

The City of San Marcos said it will close the northbound McCarty Lane exit ramp and southbound Centerpoint Road exit ramp on Interstate 35 Saturday to accommodate increased traffic. The closure will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, with signs notifying motorists of the closed exit ramps.

Go here for a list of qualifying school supplies.

Go here for a list of qualifying clothing, footwear and other items.

Have questions about the sales tax holiday? Go here for frequently asked questions from the Texas Comptroller’s office.

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