With school just around the corner, parents are stocking up on supplies. Texas is one of just twelve states that offer a tax exemption on back-to-school items August 5th-7th.
According to the Texas Comptroller, shoppers can save around $8 dollars for every one hundred spent.
The annual program is intended to provide a little bit of financial relief for items imperative to learning. Some local groups are taking advantage of the tax holiday by holding donation drives and encouraging others to donate supplies.
Bust the Bus, an event coordinated by Communities In Schools, collects supplies for students in the McLennan County area.
Coordinator, Emily Netherland, says that having the basic supplies is fundamental to ensuring a positive school year.
“To have the best learning experience they need to be equipped with the materials they are asking them to have in class. It's hard to take notes if you don't have paper, it's hard to take notes if you don't have a pen,” Netherland said.
In addition to supplies, clothing, and some sports gear is eligible for tax exemption. Items like accessories, luggage, and items over $100 are not eligible.
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