Texas sales tax holiday begins Friday, runs through Sunday

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas shoppers will get a tax break later this week as children prepare to return to school.

The Texas comptroller's office says the annual tax-free weekend , for a number of school-related items, begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

The Texas law exempts most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes for the weekend. The sales tax holiday applies to purchases from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in the state. Layaways are eligible.

Officials say the tax break could save buyers about $8 on every $100 spent.

Some purchases are not eligible for the tax break, including jewelry, handbags, purses, briefcases, luggage, wallets, watches and similar items.

The Texas tax break weekend began in 1999.

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