I know kids do not want to hear this but school starts back later this month in Abilene. As a parent, I know this is a time to rejoice. However, something not to rejoice about is all that money you have to spend on school supplies and such. Lucky, Texas is having a tax-free weekend starting Friday, August 5th.

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According to Texas Comptroller, this special tax holiday will happen from August 5th through August 7th, literally weeks away from school starting. Perfect timing, right?

The Comptroller encourages all taxpayers to support Texas businesses while saving money on tax-free purchases of most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) during the annual Tax-Free weekend. Qualifying items can be purchased tax-free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying items tax-free.(Texas Comptroller)

What can you buy tax-free during that time?

There are a ton of things that qualify for you to buy tax-free including school supplies, clothing, footwear, backpacks, facemasks, and more. You can also take advantage of the tax-free weekend by paying off layaways, special orders, rainchecks, and school supplies purchased using a business account.

This year’s sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 5, and goes through midnight Sunday, Aug. 7.

In addition to being able to buy in-store, you'll be able to shop online, by phone, custom order, and any other means. Just remember, delivery fees, shipping, and transportation charges are part of the sale price.

For instance, clothing is part of the qualifying items if the sales price is under $100. So, say you buy a pair of shoes for $95 and there is a delivery fee of $10. That puts the total price at $105 meaning you won't be able to get those shoes tax-free. Make sense?

You can check out the Texas Comptroller website to get more info and see the plethora of specific items you can get tax-free.

Do you want to save more money? Check out these fun things to do in Abilene on a budget.

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