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Tax-free Shopping in Texas This Weekend

August 8, 2013

Texas' annual sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday. Most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 will be tax- free on those days.

The sales tax holiday has been an annual event since 1999 and is expected to save an estimated $78.9 million in state and local sales taxes this year.

It was authorized by Senate Bill 485 during the 83rd regular legislative session.

Items sold online, or by telephone or mail also qualify. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

For more information, visit www.TexasTaxHoliday.org.

To better serve Midland and Odessa shoppers, EZ-Rider is offering free-fare rides. This will apply to the fixed route and express service in both Midland and Odessa on Friday and the fixed routes on Saturday.

Hours of operation this weekend for several Midland stores are:

-- Midland Park Mall: 10 a..m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

-- Kohl's: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 8 am.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

-- Walmart: 12:01 a.m. Friday-11:59 p.m. Sunday (Though Walmart is open 24 hours, these are the hours items will be tax-free.)

-- Target: 8 a.m-11 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

-- Office Depot: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

-- Staples: 8 a.m. -- 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. -- 7 p.m. Saturday, noon -- 6 p.m. Sunday

-- H-E-B: 6 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Sunday.

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