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Attention, shoppers: Texas' tax holiday coming

Texas' annual sales tax holiday starts one minute after midnight tonight and lasts through Sunday.

Retailers and malls certainly hope a lot of folks are paying attention to the clock. Most malls are extending hours and some, such as Ridgmar in west Fort Worth, are bringing in special attractions designed to lure youngsters and their parents this week.

“It’s huge. It’ll be a Christmas-like weekend. Saturday is the big day,” said Kevin Dailey, general manager at Hulen Mall in Fort Worth. “It’ll be significantly bigger than the average Saturday. The department stores will be advertising big. Some have markdowns.”

Coinciding with the opening of many schools, the tax holiday applies to most clothing and footwear under $100, along with items such as school backpacks and messenger bags under $100.

TAX FACTS

  • What is the tax? The state charges 6.25 percent and local governments can tack on more. The total tax can range as high as 8.25 percent by state law.
  • When it starts: after midnight Friday, according to a state comptroller’s spokeswoman
  • Some included items:
  • Diapers
  • Pants
  • Workout clothes
  • Underclothes
  • Neckwear
  • Work clothes
  • Jackets
  • Uniforms (school, work, nurse, waitress, military, postal, police, fire)
  • Online list of exempted items: Click here to see the list.

    Questions, toll free: (800) 252-5555

    Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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