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Tax Free Weekend Getting Underway

It's that time of year again: As the summer ends for Texas students, the state's annual sales tax-free weekend gears up again. 

Items receiving tax-free status this weekend include clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies.  You can find a complete list of items going untaxed this weekend here.

As KUT News reports, Texas Sen. Rodney Ellis, who sponsored the measure originally in 1999, is cognizant of the impact on the state of foregoing those tax dollars, estimated at $65 million this year. 

But he says: 

“The $65 million that the state loses for the sales tax holiday every year is really a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars, the billions of dollars in giveaways to energy companies, the [Agriculture] extension, that are in the tax code,” Ellis said.

Gov. Rick Perry lauded the sales tax holiday in an event a San Marcos Wal-Mart.

“The state of Texas, from the standpoint of economically, is doing better than any other state in the nation. ... And the idea that we leave money in private citizens’ hands is a good concept, and it’s one that other states should try.”

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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