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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
May 24, 2010

Shop for Appliances This Weekend During
ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday

(AUSTIN) — This Memorial Day weekend’s third-annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is a great time for Texans to purchase a new, energy efficient air conditioner, refrigerator, dishwasher or other major appliance. During the three-day tax holiday, running May 29 – 31, shoppers do not have to pay state and local sales and use taxes on certain energy efficient products.

“If you’ve had your eye on a new appliance, or just want to stock up on light bulbs, you can save money by shopping this weekend,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs. “We expect Texans to save about $3 million overall in state and local sales taxes during this weekend’s event.”

The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The tax holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment bearing an ENERGY STAR label: air conditioners priced less than $6,000, refrigerators priced less than $2,000, ceiling fans, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats, along with installation and delivery charges for these products.

More information about the tax holiday is available at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org.

For details on ENERGY STAR products, visit www.energystar.gov.

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