Sales Tax Holiday weekend underway in Texas
The annual sales tax holiday weekend is officially here, and R.J. DeSilva of the Texas Comptroller’s office says you get the benefits.
“Folks can shop, whether they are doing back to school shopping or regular shopping and save the sales tax,” DeSilva told KTRH.
You'll save that tax on most items up to $100. And because of the savings, you’ll see big crowds when you venture out to the mall. So what can you do to avoid the crowds? DeSilva says you can use your laptop to save, too.
“The holiday applies at home or online as well,” DeSilva stated.
Even though you'll see Black Friday like crowds, Patrick Jankowski of the Greater Houston Partnership says retailers do better the day after Thanksgiving.
“If you look at Black Friday, they’re putting everything on sale. That isn’t the case this weekend. The impact is greater on Black Friday than it would be with the tax holiday,” Jankowski told KTRH.
State Senator Rodney Ellis got the law passed in 1999 and told KTRH and explained his motivation.
“I wanted to do something to help working class families,” Ellis said.
And the results? Everybody benefits.
“Retailers make money from the sales tax holiday. People will be shopping till they drop this weekend,” Ellis exclaimed.