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Your guide to tax-free weekend

Aug. 13, 2011 at 3:13 a.m.


Ask the Experts: How is your store preparing for tax-free weekend?

"We've hired additional team members because we anticipate high guest traffic. We want to make sure we're covered. We have a great team."

-Debbie Cortez, executive team leader for human resources at Target

"We're making sure we have enough staff available and are overstocking on jeans. We have tried to get a few more styles of plain colored Western shirts to compensate for school rules and are making sale preparations. We want to make sure that even some of our boots fall within the $100 limit for tax-free weekend."

-Bel Schoeneberg, manager at Cavender's Boot City

"We're opening an hour early for some of our regular guests. Also, right now we have more merchandise than ever before. The entire floor is packed with jeans, shirts, etc. I'm overrun with product. This is our biggest weekend of the year."

-Eric Trapp, manager at The Buckle

Did you know ... ?

Clothing and shoe rentals or leases do not qualify for tax-free status. So no, you cannot rent that wedding tuxedo. Rentals and leases of qualifying backpacks and school supplies - including "rent to own" deals - do qualify, however. Check the comptroller's website for more information.

Source: Texas state comptroller's office

Did you know ... ?

Texas' sales tax holiday used to be the first weekend of August. With House Bill 3310, the Legislature changed the date to the third week of August so that the holiday was closer to the beginning of the school year. The change was effective June 15, 2007.

Source: Texas state comptroller's office

Want to make the most of tax-free weekend? Here are a few shopper tips from store managers in the know:

The earlier you get to the store, the better. Although the entire weekend will be busy, you're more likely to miss the crowds early on.

Shopping late is another option. The busiest time to shop tends to be during the middle of the day.

Consider using layaway to make sure the item you want will be available during tax-free weekend. Not every store offers the service, so check beforehand.

Check your store's hours. Many locations open early or stay open later during the sales tax holiday.

Have a list prepared so you don't accidentally overlook items you need.

Pay attention to the prices. It's only the items that cost less than $100 that are tax free.

Sources: Debbie Cortez, executive team leader for human resources at Target, Bel Schoeneberg, manager at Cavender's Boot City, Eric Trapp, manager at The Buckle

As the start of the school year draws closer and closer, it's about more than kids, parents and teachers keeping busy with preparations. Crossroads retailers are gearing up for a busy season, too.

Texas' Tax-free weekend is Friday through Sunday, giving residents of the Lone Star State a chance to stock up on clothing and school supplies without the burden of that 8-percent sales tax.

But what items are tax-free, and what's the best way to tackle the weekend? Here's a helpful guide:

School supplies priced less than $100 are tax free, including:


Book bags


Cellophane tape

Blackboard chalk


Composition books



Folders - expandible, pocket, plastic and manila

Glue, paste and paste sticks


Index cards

Index card boxes

Legal pads

Lunch boxes



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






Writing tablets

Tax-free clothing, footwear and backpacks include:

Baby clothes

Backpacks for elementary and secondary students

Belts with attached buckles

Boots - cowboy and hiking

Caps and hats - baseball, fishing, golf and knitted

Coats and wraps

Diapers - adult and baby


Gloves (generally)

Gym suits and uniforms

Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts




Jerseys - baseball and football

Jogging apparel

Neckwear and ties


Pants and trousers

Raincoats and ponchos



Shoes - sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis and walking

Socks (including athletic)


Suits, slacks and jackets


Sweat suits




Work clothes and uniforms



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