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8/1/06-Tyler

Sales Tax Holiday Has Shoppers Checking Lists of Approved Items

We're just through July, but a lot of folks are making their lists and checking them twice.  For 72 hours, you'll have the chance to save a lot of money on clothing and lots of other items in the state's annual sales tax holiday.

One year ago, stores jam packed. The sales tax holiday is in its eighth year now, and among those items tax-free are the usual: baby clothes, coats and jackets, dresses, gym uniforms, shirts and pants, socks and most shoes, swimsuits and work uniforms.   Most clothing for kids and adults from 12:01 a.m. Friday to Midnight Sunday, any approved item below $100 is tax-free. That'll save you a bit more than $8 for every $100 of merchandise.

"I'm going in there all the time and every time I can get a bargain, I take it," says one shopper who is ready for the weekend.  Though most clothes are tax-free, you will pay tax on the cloth and yarn to make clothes, as well as handbags, wallets, bike helmets, jewelry, sunglasses, cleated shoes, and shoelaces.  Plus, school supplies and backpacks are taxed, too. These essentials are not part of the tax-free weekend. 

That's a curious fact to some.

"That's the more practical thing that everyone needs. I would just assume it's common sense that you wouldn't have to pay tax on that," says shopper Bethany.  

"It should be free.  A lot of people don't have the money to buy all this school supplies, and you have a lot of kids that go to school," said shopper Trudy.

The rules are drawn up by the state legislature, and while supplies are out these are in: hunting and fishing vests, veils, household aprons, diapers, dress gloves (but not baseball or sports gloves), bow ties, bowling shirts, and even Halloween costumes.

Despite the peculiarities, Texans saved nearly $50 million last year alone, and this week, stores are gearing up for the rush.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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