Retail stores throughout the East Texas area are preparing for the state's annual Sales Tax Holiday, held Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11-13.
For those three days, you can buy qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, tax free in Virginia. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100. According to a representative for the 2017 Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday, online sales between the designated times also qualifies for the tax free holiday. So forget about figuring in that six-percent sales tax, because the price you see on the shelf is the price you'll pay at the register.
Personal computers and related technology up to $750 rejoin this year's list of eligible supplies after being excluded last year.
With metro-area schools starting up in the next few weeks, the weekend presents an opportunity to save the 7 percent sales tax charged in Council Bluffs.
According to a Florida House bill analysis, the state is estimated to reduce state and local government revenue by almost $27 million and $7 million, respectively.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to watches, jewelry, sporting equipment, handbags or wallets.
Numerous local taxing districts will also participate in the holiday and waive their sales taxes, including the Antonia, High Ridge and Rock Community fire protection districts, and Big River, Joachim-Plattin, North Jefferson and Rock Township ambulance districts, and Jefferson County 911 Dispatch.
Oklahoma retailers may not collect state or local sales or use tax on most shoes or clothing sold for less than $100.
The Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday began after the Oklahoma Legislature passed Senate Bill 861 in the 2007 Legislative Session as a measure to boost the economy by allowing consumers to save money when shopping.
School supply lists can be found on the homepages of the division's elementary and middle schools.
"The tax holiday is a great idea", Burnett said. They will probably be overwhelmingly busy all weekend and will appreciate it if you provide a dose of compassion and patience.