Narasi.net — Back-to-school shopping season is underway and shoppers can expect to save more this weekend with the state’s annual sales tax holiday.
Texas law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies, cloth face coverings, and backpacks with an individual price less than $100 from sales tax during the holiday period.
School uniforms, nurses, police, firefighters, military, postal and other careers are also duty-free this weekend. Rented uniforms are still taxable.
The comptroller tweeted that even costumes and masks are tax-free this year.
Qualifying items may be purchased at a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to purchase qualifying duty-free items.
Tax-free shopping begins Friday at 12:01 am and ends Sunday at midnight in Texas stores and online.
The tax exemption does not extend to some items, such as jewelry, handbags and luggage.
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There is a specific list of what is and is not tax-free on the state comptroller’s website. Click here for the complete list.
You can expect to save around $8 for every $100 spent. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Texas Comptroller estimates shoppers will save $112 million in sales taxes this weekend.
North Texans can save on school supplies and back-to-school clothes during tax-free weekend.
PROCUREMENT STARTED BEFORE TAX-FREE WEEKEND
Walmart tells NBC 5 that workers have already seen an influx of people shopping at school and not waiting until tax-free weekend. Many are stocking up and trying to spread the cost impact.
“Right now, they’re really looking for value,” said Walmart’s Sandra Bonsu. “And what we’ve done is put in a lot of robots to help bring the price down so people can afford what they’re looking for with prices going up and inflation and all that.”
HOW TO STRETCH YOUR DOLLARS WHEN SHOPPING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
The Better Business Bureau says there are ways to save over the tax-free weekend and beyond.
Check around your house, you’d be surprised at the supplies you’ve already stashed away in cabinets and drawers.
At checkout, ask about student discounts because there are often hidden discounts that aren’t advertised.
Consider buying in bulk, all you need is a friend in the neighborhood who has a Sam’s Club or Costco membership. Think about pooling your money and saving big. Laptops and electronics are also often cheaper at big box stores.
Walmart tells us that there has been an increase in teachers arriving early and buying items in bulk, especially when they are on sale.
Consider buying supplies online, you can find great discounts online but make sure you are using a reliable and secure website.
“You really want to make sure you trust the source, specifically with social media. We recommend that you do not click on a social media link to a site. You should go directly to that site,” said Amy Rasor with the Fort Worth Better Business Office.