Sales Tax Holiday

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Starting July 24 and continuing through August First, clothing and books priced at $50 or less and back-to-school items costing up to $10 will be exempt from the state's six-percent sales tax.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the program's return this year; budget constraints kept it from being offered in 2002 and 2003.

Estimates suggest shoppers could save up to $35.5 million during the nine-day holiday, but that doesn't mean the state loses any money from its coffers.

Reviews of past holiday periods have shown people shop more during those spans and end up paying just as much sales tax on other items that aren't exempt.

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