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Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday in Texas

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SHERMAN, TX -- Tax free weekend starts tomorrow in Texas, and this year there are more items on the tax free list than ever before. It's good news, though, for getting those kids back to school. Deeda Payton reports.

Shopping can be fun, but back-to-school shopping can be stressful especially in today's economy. That's why this year's tax free weekends are more important than ever. "It helps because you get to save a bit of money on back-to-school shopping which can get expensive," said shopper, Kayla Jette of Bells, TX.

Oklahoma's tax holiday has already come and gone. Now it's Texas' turn. "I think it's wonderful, and especially if you have children anything you can save is a plus," said shopper, Dortha Miller of Paris, TX.

Parents and grandparents know buying all the clothes and supplies to help their little ones get back to school can get expensive. They say the sales tax exemptions on kids' items like jeans and dresses under one-hundred dollars really makes a difference. "I think it's wonderful. I think it's wonderful. It helps everyone out."said shopper, Dorothy Summers of Howe, TX. "Every little bit helps," said Brenda Carter of Sherman, TX.

The district manager of JCPenney, Jeff Hicks, says tax free weekend is the third largest shopping weekend of the year in the area. "The last two tax frees have been fantastic, and we expect this weekend to be as big or bigger than any in the past,"said Hicks.

It doesn't hurt the local economy either; just ask Sherman's Chamber of Commerce President, Traci Carlson. "It's fringe benefits for us of course. They're going to come, they're going to come eat the restaurants, they'll maybe go to a movie while they're here, they'll make a day of it, a lot of families do," said  Carlson.

But local shoppers warn, you have to be able to stand the crowds to get the savings. "It's a little crazy so we like to avoid it a little bit, but like to save the tax, it's kind of nice," shopper, Kelby Pechacek of Synder, TX.

In addition to skipping the sales tax, many stores offer additional deals as well to help kids go back to school in style without breaking the bank.

 An all-inclusive list of qualifying school supplies (if priced less than $100):

* Binders

* Book bags

* Calculators

* Cellophane tape

* Blackboard chalk

* Compasses

* Composition books

* Crayons

* Erasers

* Folders; expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila

* Glue, paste and paste sticks

* High lighters

* Index cards

* Index card boxes

* Legal pads

* Lunch boxes

* Markers

* Notebooks

* Paper; loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper

* Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes

* Pencil sharpeners

* Pencils

* Pens

* Protractors

* Rulers

* Scissors

* Writing tablets

No exemption certificate is required, with one exception. If the purchaser is buying the supplies under a business account, the retailer must obtain an exemption certificate from the purchaser certifying that the items are purchased for use by an elementary or secondary school student. "Under a business account" means the purchaser is using a business credit card or business check rather than a personal credit card or personal check; being billed under a business account maintained at the retailer; or is using a business membership at a retailer that is membership based.

A list of clothing, footwear and backpacks that will be sold tax free:

* Baby clothes

* Backpacks for use by elementary and secondary students

* Belts with attached buckles

* Boots - cowboy, hiking

* Caps/hats - baseball, fishing, golf, knitted

* Coats and wraps

* Diapers - adult and baby

* Dresses

* Gloves (generally)

* Gym suits and uniforms

* Hooded shirts and hooded sweatshirts

* Hosiery

* Jackets

* Jeans

* Jerseys - baseball and football

* Jogging apparel

* Neckwear and ties

* Pajamas

* Pants and trousers

* Raincoats and ponchos

* Robes

* Shirts

* Shoes - sandals, slippers, sneakers, tennis, walking

* Socks (including athletic)

* Shorts

* Suits, slacks, and jackets

* Sweatshirts

* Sweat suits

* Sweaters

* Swimsuits

* Underclothes

* Work clothes and uniforms

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.