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For Immediate Release
August 1, 2007

Comptroller Susan Combs Reminds Shoppers Sales Tax Holiday Is Later This Year


AUSTIN — Comptroller Susan Combs today reminded Texas families that the annual sales tax holiday for clothes and shoes has changed to the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. This year, the tax-free weekend runs Aug. 17-19.

“The Legislature voted to change the date of the sales tax holiday because schools are opening later in many districts,” Combs said. “Most families take advantage of the sales tax holiday to buy back-to-school clothes for the kids.”

During the sales tax holiday, most children’s and adults’ clothing and footwear priced at less than $100 is exempt from state and local sales taxes. This year, for the first time, school backpacks costing less than $100 may be purchased tax free, but shoppers must pay tax on all other school supplies.

More information about the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-free items, can be found on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us.

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