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Shoppers spend, save during sales tax holiday
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Shoppers wanting a break on their back to school shopping list should hit the stores this weekend.

Along with the plethora of expected sales, this is also the Annual Sales Tax Holiday.

From today through Sunday, shoppers can avoid paying sales tax on most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced under $100.

The sales tax holiday weekend in Texas has been an annual event since 1999. Shoppers are expected to save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

Items EXEMPT from sales tax

Binders

Book bags

Calculators

Cellophane tape

Blackboard chalk

Compasses

Composition books

Crayons

Erasers

Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila

Glue, paste and paste sticks

Highlighters

Index cards

Index card boxes

Legal pads

Lunchboxes

Markers (including dry erase markers)

Notebooks

Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, Manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper

Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

Pencil sharpeners

Pencils

Pens

Protractors

Rulers

Scissors

Writing tablets

Clothing items, footwear and backpacks included in tax-free holiday (if priced less than $100):

Baby bibs

Baby clothes

Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students

Belts with attached buckles

Boots: general purpose, cowboy and hiking

Camp clothes

Caps/hats: baseball, fishing, golf and knitted

Children’s novelty costumes

Coats and wraps

Diapers: adult and baby

Dresses

Gloves (generally)

Gym suits and uniforms

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts

Hosiery

Jeans

Jerseys: baseball and football

Jackets

Jogging apparel

Neckwear and ties

Pajamas

Pants and trousers

Raincoats and ponchos

Robes

Shawls and wraps

Shirts

Shoes: sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis and walking

Socks (including athletic)

Shorts

Suits, slacks and jackets

Sweatshirts

Sweatsuits/Sweaters

Swimsuits

Undergarments

Work clothes and uniforms

NOT EXEMPT

Accessories (generally): barrettes, elastic ponytail holders, wallets, watches

Backpacks — unless for use by elementary and secondary students

Baseball cleats and pants

Belt buckles (without belt)

Boots: climbing, fishing, rubber work boots, ski and waders

Buttons and zippers

Cloth and lace, knitting yarns and other fabrics

Dry cleaning services

Football pants

Golf gloves

Handbags and purses

Handkerchiefs

Hard hats

Helmets: bike, baseball, football, hockey, motorcycle and sports

Ice skates

Jewelry

Laundering services

Leather goods — except belts with buckles and wearing apparel

Pads: football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee and shoulder

Personal flotation devices

Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear and costumes)

Roller blades and skates

Safety clothing, glasses

Shoes: bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf

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