Schoolchildren

will soon head back to the classroom; and Texasí annual Sales Tax

Holiday will help outfit kids with tax-free clothes, shoes and

school supplies they need for the new school year.

“From Aug. 20Ė22,

shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school

supplies, school backpacks and most childrenís and adultsí clothing

and shoes priced at less than $100,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs

said. “As our economy continues to recover, this tax break will

help families get more bang for their back-to-school

bucks.”

This year, Combs

predicts shoppers will save $59.3 million in state and local sales

taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday, which takes place each year on

the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August.

State Sen. Juan

“Chuy” Hinojosa, a long-time supporter of the tax holiday,

commented on the boost the tax holiday gives to Texas

businesses.

“The

back-to-school season is a great economic driver in Texas. Parents

are looking for low prices on the materials their children need for

school and businesses are competing for those dollars. The sales

tax holiday helps Texas families save money on those items, and

because of the increase in shoppers, stores often hire employees to

help with the rush. This tax holiday really stimulates the local

economies in a variety of ways,” Hinojosa said.

Given the sluggish

pace of the economy, Sen. Hinojosa encouraged residents of South

Texas and the Coastal Bend to begin budgeting early to take full

advantage of the tax holiday coming up two weekends from

now.

The tax holiday

weekend has been an annual event since 1999.

The Texas

Legislature has expanded the list of items eligible for the tax

break. The following link to the Texas Comptrollerís Web page

answers frequently asked questions about the tax holiday. The page

also lists items that qualify for the sales tax exemption:

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