Tax-free weekend is underway in Texas


by JESSICA VESS / KVUE News & Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

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Posted on August 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 11:13 AM

AUSTIN -- Tax-free weekend in Texas has arrived.

From Friday through Sunday, Texas shoppers won’t have to pay state or local sales tax on most back-to-school supplies and clothes.

Eligible items must $100 or less. The list includes most backpacks and lunch boxes, rulers, notebooks, pencils, paper and pens.

State officials estimate shoppers will save more than $74 million in taxes over the weekend. The tax break is available for online shopping as well.

The Better Business Bureau suggests shoppers make a list, create a budget and check for store discounts before heading out.

“We reduce a lot of prices for this time of year,” explained Walmart Store Manager Paul D’Spain. “When you have a lot of clearance on apparel, a lot of reductions on socks and underwear, things like that, especially the reductions on some of the basic back-to-school items, of course that’s a big incentive for customers to come out.”

The BBB warns shoppers to watch for advertisements that say "back-to-school." According to the BBB, those sales don't always match the state's list of eligible items.

For more information go here.

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