Retailers want tax free days to create business

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tax free weekend officially began Friday. Consumers are given a break on the over 8% sales tax through Sunday.

For the first time, school supplies are tax free. Many are picked over with schools starting on Monday. Retailers would have preferred the tax break be allowed a couple of weeks earlier. "It would have helped with supply. Right now we're actually breaking down the school supply section because most people have already purchased the items," Kris Hoepfner, Target store team leader said.

Legislators changed the dates later in the month following a universal school start date across the state. They felt it would allow more families time to vacation.

There are plenty of other items to buy. Retailers are wanting impulse shoppers. "And we've run inserts, of course, leading up to this weekend to be able to hopefully promote a lot of other product that play off of the tax free items that are featured," said Hoepfner. "So we hope to get some residual sales and some impulse buys."

In the girl's section of the clothes three young girls didn't know anything about taxes. They just enjoyed being able to pick out new school clothes. Texas families are expected to save over $65-million this weekend.

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