Shop & Save in Texas This Summer! 11th Annual Texas Tax-Free Weekend Offers Shoppers Back-To-School Savings, August 21-23, 2009

Tax-Free Holiday Emphasizes Texas as a Popular Weekend Getaway Destination for Visitors from Neighbor States and Mexico

AUSTIN, Texas, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In what has become a Texas tradition for visitors to the Lone Star State, Texas' annual tax-free weekend is scheduled this year for August 21-23, 2009. During tax-free weekend, the State of Texas grants shoppers a break from state and local sales taxes, primarily in an effort to offer lower prices on back-to-school shopping.

The event begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 21 and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 23. Savings apply to select clothing items and school supplies costing less than $100. Some of the tax-free items include: dresses, shirts, jeans and trousers, coats and jackets, shoes, binders and notebooks, book bags, lunch boxes, calculators, and pens and pencils. Shoppers can save approximately $8 for every $100 spent. Lay-away plans can also be used to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

"Tax-free weekend is an opportunity for Texans and visitors alike to experience significant savings, particularly as students prepare to go back to school," said Julie Chase, Chief Marketing Officer, Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism. "In addition to the excellent shopping opportunities, visitors can take advantage of the weekend by treating their families to fun-filled activities that our Texas cities offer."

For years, in addition to Texas natives, visitors from surrounding states and Mexico have taken advantage of this annual tax-free weekend. Besides shopping, visitors also come to enjoy the many activities Texas has to offer, including amusement and water parks, restaurants, and museums in cities throughout the state.

For a complete list of tax-free items available during Tax-Free Weekend, August 21-23, visit http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html.

About Tourism in Texas

Tourism is one of the largest industries in Texas, supporting 544,400 jobs across the state. In 2008, travelers spent an estimated $60.6 billion in Texas. Travel expenditures generated $2.9 billion in state taxes and $1.0 billion in local taxes. For more information on Texas travel events and vacation destinations, visit TravelTex.com or for a free Travel Guide call 1-800-8888-TEX.

SOURCE Texas Tourism



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