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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2008

This Weekend Marks 10th Annual Sales Tax Holiday

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds Texans that the annual sales tax holiday brings savings on clothing and shoes this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 15-17.

For the 10th consecutive year, shoppers will pay no state or local sales tax on most kids’ and adults’ clothing and shoes priced less than $100 during the tax-free weekend.

“Many family budgets are stretched to the limit,” Combs said.  “This year, the sales tax holiday is sure to be much-needed and much-appreciated by families shopping for school clothes and fall wardrobes.”

A list of items exempt from tax during the sales tax holiday is available on the Comptroller’s Web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html.

Combs estimates shoppers will save about $54 million in sales tax during the sales tax holiday, including approximately $42.1 million in state sales tax and $11.9 million in local sales taxes.

Since 1999, the clothing sales tax holiday has saved shoppers more than $388 million.

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Find details on all the services of the Comptroller’s office at www.window.state.tx.us, including a transparent look at state spending at www.window.state.tx.us/wherethemoneygoes.

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