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Annual Back-To-School Texas Sales Tax Holiday Friday-Sunday

August 09, 2019 - 11:52 am

AUSTIN (AP/KRLD) - The annual back-to-school sales tax holiday is scheduled this weekend in Texas.

The Texas Comptroller's Office says the tax break begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

Customers can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks - sold for less than $100 - tax-free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in the state.

The sales tax exemption applies only to qualifying items. The tax break does not include products such as jewelry, handbags, briefcases, luggage, computer bags, umbrellas, wallets and watches.

The Texas sales tax holiday weekend started in 1999.

People spend more for back to school than they do around Christmas time. And the numbers keep jumping.

Mark Mathews from the National Retail Federation joined KRLD to talk about the event. Listen to the audio below: