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Annual tax free holiday begins Aug. 1

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The Ellis County Press

ELLIS COUNTY - As the fifth annual tax free holiday Aug. 1-3 quickly approaches, local stores are gearing up to meet the needs of moms and kids as they search for the hottest fall fashions.

Clothing and footwear priced under $100 is eligible for local and state tax savings during the first weekend in August.

As the federal government begins mailing out tax rebate checks to eligible families, starting this week, stores are preparing to meet the needs of customers by extending store hours and making sure extra staff will be available to handle the crowds expected.

The Ennis Wal-Mart is gearing up for savings weekend by having an additional 25 percent more

4 staff on hand this weekend to handle the needs of shoppers, according to Store Manager Don Willis.

'If they get their tax rebate checks - they can cash them here and then shop,' said Willis. 'They should be able to cash them at the registers.'

State officials expect shoppers to save about $8 on every $100 spent.

Savings are not just for juvenile's clothing - adults can get in on the savings as well.

Clothing included in the tax-free sales include: baby clothes, boots, diapers, dresses, coats, jeans, neckwear, ties, raincoats, shoes, shirts, underwear, work clothes, robes, socks, shoes, and pants.

Backpacks, dry cleaning services, handbags, helmets, roller blades, watches, school supplies, wallets, baseball cleats, buttons, golf gloves and handkerchiefs are not eligible for the tax free holiday.

Any clothing shoppers place in layaway, will be eligible for tax-free retrieval later.

Current layaway items may be taken out and be allowed to benefit from the tax-free weekend.

'I love the sales tax holiday. It's the one time where hard-working Texas families get to keep more of their dollars in their pockets for their families' priorities,' said Texas State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

Texans have saved an estimated $150 million in state and local sales tax since the holiday creation in 1999.

Officials in the state comptroller's office have urged lawmakers to expand the three-day tax-free weekend into five days and to include items such as backpacks, school supplies, and school sports related items (helmets, football pants, etc.).

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