Oklahoma businesses get ready for tax free weekend

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DURANT, OK -- Many Oklahoma businesses are prepping for a big weekend. Tax free weekend begins this Friday for Oklahomans.

In just a few days, Durant's Main Street will be packed with hundreds of shoppers, hunting for the best deals during Oklahoma's tax free weekend.

"It will be huge as always," said Executive Director of the Durant Chamber of Commerce, Janet Reed.

The tax free holiday kicks off at midnight Friday and runs until midnight Sunday, August 3rd.

During that time, Oklahoma retailers will not charge tax on the sale of clothing and shoes less than $100.

Lisa Jernigan, owner of Bliss boutique, says this holiday falls in line perfectly with back to school shopping.

Jernigan says she sees shoppers from all over the state, as well as North Texas.

"Tax free weekend is pretty close to Black Friday," Jernigan said. "We have a huge increase in sales from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and their students, as well as a lot of Texas customers come to shop with us."

Reed says although they're losing some sales tax revenue, this weekend is still a big boost to the local economy.

"They're going into the restaurants, going into other businesses, they're buying items that are unrelated to back to school," Reed said. "Anytime you have those large numbers coming into your community, you're going to see a sales increase."

Business owner, Annette Armstrong, says it's the big sales and local hospitality that keeps her customers coming back to shop at her store every year.

"We get a lot of repeat business from our customers and we try to take care of them," Armstrong said. "We actually help them find merchandise and don't leave them to themselves to shop."

Texas tax free weekend is August 8th through August 10th.

For a complete list of tax exempt items in Oklahoma: http://www.tax.ok.gov/faq/faqsth016.html

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