Tax Free with a Conscience

Texas shoppers are in the throes of back-to-school shopping on this sales tax holiday, saving money on everything from school supplies to clothing to shoes. 

Kevin Lyons with the Texas Comptroller’s Office said this is the 20th year and the state’s oldest tax free holiday.

“It starts at 12:01 Friday and ends Sunday at midnight. This law exempts tax being applied to a lot things like footwear, school supplies, backpacks all priced below $100,” said Lyons. “It also applies to online purchases, and it also applies to layaway, as long as you make that layaway purchase during the tax exempt period.”

Lyons says it’s not just students who are saving money. “It’s also school uniforms, nurses scrubs, the uniforms that chefs wear. All those things can be purchased tax free.”

Those who are shopping at Katy Mills Mall this weekend will also have a chance to help the less fortunate.  They’re partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help children in need.  If you spend 200-dollars or more, you are eligible to receive a backpack filled with school supplies.  Visit Simon Guest Services with your same day receipt to receive your gift, which you can either redeem or donate. 

Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at

This year, shoppers will save an estimated $90.3 million in state and local sales taxes during the sales tax holiday.

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