Tax free weekend begins this Friday

Starting on Friday, citizens all across the Lone Star State will have the opportunity to save some money on their back-to-school shopping during Tax-Free Weekend.The three days of savings — which runs through Sunday, Aug. 10 — will be the sixteenth time Texas offers its residents a slight break in their school supply and clothing purchases.Items eligible for tax-free savings must be priced under $100. Once again, lay-away plans can be used this year to take advantage of the tax-free savings, as noted on the State Comptroller's website.In addition, ten or less backpacks can be bought tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller. Backpacks are defined as "a pack with straps one wears on the back [with the exemption including] backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack and messenger bags."The all-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies includes binders, book bags, calculators, cellophane tape, blackboard chalk, compasses, composition books, crayons, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila), glue/paste/paste sticks, highlighters, index cards and boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers (which includes dry erase markers), notebooks, paper, pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, rulers, scissors and writing tablets.The list of some of the clothing and footwear on the state's tax free list includes belts with attached buckles, blouses, general-purpose boots, coats, dresses, hooded shirts/sweatshirts, jackets, jeans, pants/trousers, shirts, shoes, socks, shorts and underclothing.To see an entire list of qualifying school supplies and other items, along with additional details about Tax-Free Weekend, visit the State Comptroller's website at