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Oklahoma shoppers celebrate sales tax holiday

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- Shopping center parking lots are jammed across the Sooner State this weekend for the annual tax-free weekend.

Now through Sunday at midnight, clothing items costing less than $100 are tax-exempt. That does not include accessories or athletic or specialty equipment like scrubs or cleats.

Oklahoma's statewide sales tax rate is 4.5 percent, but city and county levies can add up to another 6.5 percent.

Lincoln is going into seventh grade this year. He says the added discount make it little easier to get the best trends for back-to-school.

"Tax-free weekend helps my family because my brother and I both want the next-best thing, and the next-best thing always costs more money," he said, adding that Nike and Under Armour products are on his shopping list.

At The Stag on historic Main Street in downtown Ardmore, store clerk Ashton Johnson said they're looking forward to the boost in black ink.

"Chain stores are kind of taking over, so little businesses like this really need the support from the locals to keep us open," he said.

But at the Chamber of Commerce in Ardmore, Tyler Young says knowing what is and what is not taxed can often be confusing.

""Tax-free weekend is still sort of a new phenomenon in Oklahoma, so there is probably a lot of questions... or maybe just some uncertainty about what all is involved," Young said. "On chamber.ardmore.org we do have a list and some F.A.Q.s that will provide some answers and some clarity on the weekend and some things that are and are not covered."

Texans shouldn't feel left out; purchases of both clothing and school supplies will be exempt from sales tax next weekend, August 11-13.

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