Updated: Sunday, 09 Aug 2009, 9:18 AM CDT
Published : Sunday, 09 Aug 2009, 8:28 AM CDT
ROUND ROCK (KXAN) - While parents focus on the more important aspects of starting a new school year, kids often concentrate on the fall fashions. The Round Rock Premium Outlets attempt to bridge the gap between parent concerns and kid cares.
Saving money while preparing your child for school is the preferred route for a parent. One option for penny pinchers is to shop during the Sales Tax Holiday weekend, occurring August 21, 22 and 23. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the holiday.
As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Backpacks under $100 and used by elementary and secondary students are also exempt. A backpack is a pack with straps one wears on the back. The exemption during the sales tax holiday includes backpacks with wheels, provided they can also be worn on the back like a traditional backpack, and messenger bags. The exemption does not include items that are reasonably defined as luggage, briefcases, athletic/duffle/gym bags, computer bags, purses or framed backpacks. Ten or fewer backpacks can be purchased tax-free at one time without providing an exemption certificate to the seller.
New this year, the Sales Tax Holiday will provide relief when purchasing school supplies as well. Visit the <a href = "http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html" >state Comptroller's website</a> for more detailed information on the Sales Tax Holiday rules.
For more information, including a full list of stores, brands available, and special offers visit the <a href = "http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=73" >Round Rock Premium Outlets website.</a>