Residents looking to save a few dollars on clothes, shoes, school supplies and other items took advantage of the state’s tax-free holiday Friday morning.
The three-day holiday was created by state law, and exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax. Shoppers could save about $8 on every $100 they spend through Sunday, according to the office of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
“It’s usually a very busy weekend for us,” said Ken Barber, executive team leader for Target’s Harker Heights location. “We expect it to really pick up as parents get off work this afternoon.”
Target, like several other stores in the area, carries many of the items that qualify under the guidelines of the tax-exempt holiday. Barber said the biggest sellers are usually clothes, along with office supplies like paper, pens and notebooks.
“Back to school is coming up soon, so a lot of parents are coming in to get school supplies,” he said.
To help parents and students gear up for the upcoming school year, Barber’s store set up an entire “back to school” section near the back of the store. Customers also were provided with information about what items qualify for the holiday.
“We also make sure our team members are fully aware (of the holiday), and what items it covers,” Barber said. “They can help any customers who have questions about what is tax free and what isn’t.”
Parents of children in local school districts weren’t the only ones flocking to stores for the tax holiday. Central Texas College student Midori Butler took advantage of the chance to save some money.
“I’m here for pencils, folders ... those types of things,” Butler said.
While Butler was happy to save tax, she was skeptical on just how much money she would actually save. “I don’t know how much it really matters, because really you end up only saving a couple of dollars.”