What you can buy during Oklahoma's tax-free weekend

With computers returned to the discount list, Florida retailers are readying for back-to-school shoppers this weekend during the state's sales-tax "holiday".

The annual sales-tax holiday, which comes courtesy of a tax-cut package that state lawmakers passed this year, begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

During the holiday most purchases of personal items such as electronics, furniture, and clothing will only have a state sales tax of 3 percent.

Texas: Pretty much any clothing, backpacks or school supplies that cost up to $100 qualify. Items sold online are also included.

The idea largely is aimed at back-to-school time. "Being able to save 6, 7, 8 percent is really big". The average household is expected to spend nearly $688 on supplies this year, up from $674 last year.

The Eastwood Mall Complex in Niles is celebrating the tax-free holiday with a family friendly event.

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Expect a busy weekend shopping around Southwest Florida this weekend, as a three-day sales tax holiday kicks off on Friday.

"The no sales tax weekend is a great opportunity we have in Oklahoma", Adkins said.

The sales tax holiday exemption does not extend to rental of clothing or footwear; nor does it apply to adjustment (including embroidery) or cleaning services performed on clothes and shoes.

Gene Perry with Oklahoma Policy Institute said a common belief is sales tax holidays mean an overall economic boost from people buying more. Ohio Senator Jay Hottinger (Republican 31st District), who co-sponsored the legislation, said the event is created to "ease the burden for families and ensure students have the items necessary to succeed in the classroom". "I would take advantage of it if I needed one".

Even though she knows stores will be crowded, Angela Miller plans to be out this weekend.

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