2016 Sales Tax Holiday Weekend Set for Aug. 5-7

The Texas annual sales tax holiday has been set for Aug. 5-7 just in time for families sending children back to school.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said shoppers can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the 2016 tax-free holiday weekend.

"As families all over our state prepare to send their children back to school, we hope folks take advantage of this opportunity to get the supplies they need and save some money in the process," Hegar said. "As the father of three young children, I know how these expenses can add up. This event provides Texas families with some relief from state and local sales taxes."

The state law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax. That adds up to about $8 on every $100 spent during the tax-break weekend.

Sales tax must still be paid on some items, such as luggage, computer bags, purses, wallets and watches.

Hegar estimates shoppers will save nearly $92 million in state and local sales taxes during the Texas tax break weekend that's been an annual event since 1999.

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