Tax-free weekend starts Aug. 7

   It’s that time of year again; summer is coming to a close and school starts just around the corner. 
   For most parents, guardians and students that includes purchasing clothes and school supplies for the new school year. 
   Texas Tax Free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and ends atmidnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. 
   According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office the Texas state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent, but local taxing jurisdictions like cities and counties can also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent. 
   That means consumers can expect to save about $8 for every $100 they spend on applicable school supplies or clothes. 
   For an item to be tax exempt it must cost less than $100 before tax is added. 
   The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer. 
   For example, a customer could purchase two pairs of jeans for $60 a piece an end up with a total of $120, they would still retain the tax exempt price and save about $16. 
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