Texas sales tax-free weekend set for Aug. 19-21

In this photo made Friday, July 24, 2009, Amanda Griffin, left, shops for school supplies with her daughter Haven, 11, at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

August 19, 2011 5:36:14 PM PDT
The annual Texas sales tax holiday will be August 19-21. State Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday announced the annual tax-free weekend, as shoppers get a break from sales tax on certain items costing less than $100.

Combs says shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on many school supplies and most clothing. The list of exceptions includes certain leather goods, handbags, jewelry and helmets.

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As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. Texas families also get a sales tax break on most school supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school.

Combs predicts shoppers will save $62.1 million in state and local sales taxes during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday tax break, an annual event in Texas since 1999.