Tax-exempt weekend is Aug. 17-19

Notebook paper, #2 pencils, colored pencils, crayons, markers, highlighters, glue sticks, scissors, dry erase markers, construction paper, spiral notebooks, three-ring notebooks, composition notebooks, scotch tape and folders with brads — it’s time to start shopping for school supplies.

Texas shoppers can catch a break from state and local sales taxes Aug. 17-19 during the state’s annual tax holiday.

According to the Texas Comptroller’s website, state laws allow purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. That could save shoppers about $8 per every $100 spent.

There are some exceptions. Parents can buy cowboy boots and get the tax waived, but ski boots are still taxed. Golf cleats and football pads will still be taxed.

Items placed on layaway during the holiday weekend or those on which a final payment is made during the holiday weekend are eligible for the tax-free exemption. But rain checks, even those issued during the weekend, are not eligible for a tax exemption.

When shopping during the tax-free weekend, shoppers can also consider those families who do not have money for school supplies.

To make school supply donations or monetary donations, the public is invited to bring items to Frenship’s Meet the Teacher nights.

For elementary school students, Meet the Teacher night is Aug. 23, while middle school students will meet their teachers on Aug. 21. Both nights are planned for 5:30-7 p.m.

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