Get ready for back-to-school savings next weekend. It is going to be three days of tax free bliss. Texas' annual sales tax holiday is set for August 7 through the 9, 2015. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies, backpacks, just about anything and everything you need to be prepared to be back in class.
"It's summertime, everyone's been laid back and now it's time to get back into the swing of things," South Plains Mall marketing manager Ashley Knox said. "It really kicks off the back to school shopping season. August is here, we'll be in full swing and those three days items that fall under the tax-free weekend regulations will be tax free."
"A lot of people look forward to this weekend. They save their money and go out and spend because they, in essence, get an 8% discount. It's a good thing, I think it's important and people count on it," Lubbock representative John Frullo said. "I remember as a kid the thing I cringed at was back to school specials. That meant summer was over. Now, being a parent and having paid for those items I look forward to that! South Plains Mall they do a lot to encourage people to come out."
"She's growing and she needs clothes and shoes. Tax-free weekend is good and it really, really helps," Lubbock resident Sara Coble said.The South Plains Mall is extending it's hours for one of it's busiest weekends of the year. It will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday the mall will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"Tax-free weekend always helps out. We have four kids so finding supplies and goods for everybody is always expensive so every bit helps," Lubbock resident Kelly Baum said.
"I'm excited because it helps me save and by saving I can buy more stuff for my school supplies. The more clothes the better, the more savings the better," Lubbock teen Amanda Franco added.
The tax free holiday started in 1999 and has saved Texas more than a few bucks.
"The taxpayers have saved more than $860 million. This year they're expected to save about $88 million," representative Frullo said. "We, as individuals, can spend it better than the government can. I have not ran into anybody that has said yeah, the government does a better job spending money than me so I would rather keep it in the taxpayers hands."
For a full list of tax free items, visit the Comptroller's website.