Lawmakers want to expand Sales Tax Holiday

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Many parents look forward to the one weekend in August where they can save money on school supplies. Now, state leaders are looking to expand the state’s ‘Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday.’

Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) and Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) on Tuesday filed a bill that would increase the sales tax exemption from $100 to $200 and also include electronic devices like computers, tablets and e-readers.

“It’s time to bring the sales tax holiday into the 21st century,” said Ellis in a statement. “Texas needs to increase the sales tax holiday amount and add the electronic devices that our students regularly use to succeed in the classroom.”

Lawmakers said because of inflation, parents aren’t able to get the their “money’s worth.”

“We owe it to all Texans to provide real tax savings and these two bills will help with that relief,” said Bohac.

Right now the three-day tax-free weekend exempts customers from paying sales tax on clothes, footwear, supplies and backpacks less than a $100. Shoppers save around $8 for every $100 they spend.

Since 1999, Texans have saved about $862.1 million through 2014.

If approved the bill would take effect in September, which comes too late for this year’s sales tax holiday which is set for august 7th through the 9th, Rep. Bohac’s office said that could change.

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