Retailers prepare for busy tax-free weekend
SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Tax-free weekend is set to go on this Friday through Sunday on both sides of the Red River. Even though the school year may look a little different in 2020, stores believe this weekend will be just as busy as it always is.
“We want shoppers to be safe when they save money on purchases and so we’ll be going forward with this on Friday,” said Kevin Lyons, spokesperson for the Texas Comptroller’s Office.
Lyons encourages following CDC guidelines as well as online shopping for this coming tax-free weekend.
“This holiday is set by the Texas Legislature, so it’s coded in statute, and so it will happen. But the thing to think about is there’s two ways to shop, you can shop online as well or you can shop at brick and mortar,” said Lyons.
He says the same qualifications apply: clothing and footwear priced at under $100 for all the back to school essentials.
“Cloth masks are tax exempt, and disposable cloth masks are tax exempt because they qualify as clothing,” said Lyons.
“Well typically we see a rush. Everybody wants to get ready, they have their school supply lists and they come in and start buying up all the stuff that they need for the new school year,” said Doug Hotalen, manager at Academy Sports + Outdoors in Sherman.
Hotalen says he hopes this year is busier than ever.
“So if it’s the same weekend it’ll be that much busier. Typically they are offset and Oklahoma is first and Texas is the weekend after. So it’ll probably be a lot busier this weekend, and we have plenty of sales here at Academy Sports + Outdoors to do so,” said Hotalen.
Tax-free weekend begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and goes through Sunday at midnight for Texas and Oklahoma. Hotalen says the pandemic hasn’t affected sales, and doesn’t expect it to affect the shopping holiday weekend either.
“It’s consistently been steady and we have kept on going and stayed busy. And we’re thankful for all our customers being safe and coming here and shopping with us,” said Hotalen.
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