School's starting up and back-to-school sales tax holidays are winding down.
Texas today kicked off its three-day sales tax event. From Friday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 21, Lone Star State shoppers don't have to pay state and local sales taxes on clothing and shoes costing less than $100; backpacks priced at less than $100; and school supplies that cost less than $100.
Connecticut's week-long sales tax holiday begins Sunday, Aug. 21, and runs through Saturday, Aug. 27. Shoppers in the Nutmeg state can buy tax-free clothing and footwear that costs $300 or less.
Shoppers, enjoy the savings, but be sure to check with your state's tax department. In most cases, tax officials have some very specific rules about just what qualifies for as a tax-free item.
Here in my home state of Texas, for example, a backpack is tax free only if it's going to be used by an elementary or secondary school student. So don't go trying to get a tax bargain, Mom and Dad, on a heavy-duty hiking carryall.
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