‘Tax Free Weekend:’ Everything you need to know before you buy

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Back-to-school clothes can be pricey, but there is a way to save.

Parents are already rushing to get their kiddos ready for the first day of school.

However, if you haven't bought those school clothes yet, you will want to wait a few more days.

This weekend, Oklahoma will once again offer shoppers a tax-free holiday.

The incentive applies to any clothing item, though it does not apply to school supplies.

The list of what you can get is long.

While you can spend hundreds of dollars total, each individual item has to be less than $100.

It's a tax break many people are looking forward to this weekend.

"It's the best weekend to shop, especially for back-to-school clothes," said Savannah Butler, with The Outlet Shoppes at OKC.

Starting Friday, Oklahomans can take advantage of a tax-free weekend on clothing, shoes and some athletic items.

The tax-free holiday starts Friday morning and runs through Sunday night.

The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City expect a huge crowd and already have events planned all weekend to keep shoppers entertained.

"This is our busiest holiday next to Black Friday and holiday time," said Butler.

Many stores are offering big sales along with the tax holiday, hoping to entice shoppers to spend even more.

"It's kind of a win-win for the consumer and the merchants," said Paula Ross, with the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

One important thing to remember is school supplies are not included, meaning you will still have to pay taxes on those items.

State officials say that while adding school supplies has been discussed, it likely will not happen.

"The state does reimburse the cities and counties sales tax money. It's something they talk about but that does raise the cost on reimbursement," said Ross.

The tax commission reminds shoppers only items which are individually priced at under $100 are tax exempt.

Some of those items that will still be taxed this weekend include:

  • Jewelry
  • Handbags
  • Luggage
  • Umbrellas
  • Wallets
  • Watches
  • Rental clothes or footwear
  • Athletic clothes
  • Athletic shoes
  • Belt buckles
  • Costume masks
  • Patches or emblems
  • Sewing equipment
  • Hair bows
  • Briefcases
  • Purses.

Items that do qualify for 'Tax Free Weekend' are as follows:

  • Aprons
  • Athletic supporters
  • Baby receiving blankets
  • Bathing suits and caps
  • Beach capes and coats
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Boots
  • Coats and jackets
  • Costumes
  • Diapers
  • Ear muffs
  • Footlets
  • Formal wear
  • Garters and garter belts
  • Girdles
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hats and caps
  • Hosiery
  • Insoles for shoes
  • Lab coats
  • Neckties
  • Overshoes
  • Pantyhose
  • Rainwear
  • Rubber pants
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • Shoes and shoe laces
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks and stockings
  • Steel toed shoes
  • Underwear
  • Uniforms
  • Wedding apparel

If you have other questions about the tax holiday you can find answers on the Tax Commission's website. 

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