Get ready for tax-free weekend: Know what’s tax-free and what’s not

Get your spiral notebooks on tax-free weekend. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

Get your spiral notebooks on tax-free weekend. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

It’s tax-free weekend! Beginning today through Sunday, you don’t have to pay taxes on many items such as school supplies and clothes.

What’s tax-free

Supplies: Binders; book bags; calculators; cellophane tape; blackboard chalk; compasses; composition books; crayons; erasers; folders — expandable, pocket, plastic and manila; glue; highlighters; index cards; index card boxes; legal pads; lunch boxes; markers (including dry-erase markers); notebooks; paper; pencil boxes and other school supply boxes; pencil sharpeners; pencils; pens; protractors; rulers; scissors; writing tablets

Clothing: Most clothing; socks; most shoes; ties; coats; pajamas; swimsuits; uniforms; underwear; sports jerseys; sports hats

Others: Adult and baby diapers

What’s not tax-free: Sports shoes like cleats or fishing boots; sports equipment; sports clothing except jerseys; fabric, buttons and zippers; accessories; purses; luggage; wallets; any item more than $100

Here’s our tax-free weekend tips:

Go early in the morning before the rest of the world is awake.

Go late at night without kids, when kids are asleep.

Pace yourself. Don’t try to do every store in one day.

Think about if the 8.25 percent your saving is worth fighting the crowds.

Find more tips on back to school savings with our school supply cost comparison guide and our 10 ways to save guide and video.


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