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Senator Judith Zaffirini: District 21
Press Release
August 8, 2008
Contact: Celeste Villarreal
(512) 463-0121
Senator Zaffirini Announces Tax-Free Weekend

(AUSTIN) — Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Friday) that the 10th annual sales tax holiday will take place Friday-Sunday, Aug.15-17. The tax holiday will provide Texas families with much needed back-to-school savings, and, for the first time, school backpacks and messenger bags costing less than $100 also will be tax exempt.

"Family budgets are stretched farther than ever, especially with the high price of gasoline, groceries and other necessities," Senator Zaffirini said. "I am pleased that even more items qualify for tax-free status this year so that families may enjoy greater savings."

Most children's and adult's clothing and shoes priced less than $100 can be purchased tax-free during the holiday. A complete list of items that will be tax exempt during the sales tax holiday is available at

Since 1999 the clothing sales tax holiday has saved shoppers more than $388 million in state and local sales taxes.

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SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI voted to expand tax holiday laws during the 2007 legislative session. Backpacks and messenger bags for use by elementary and secondary students that cost less than $100 are among the new tax-exempt items.