Tax-Free Weekend is this weekend

Tax-free weekend is just around the corner and will kick off this Friday, August 17, 2012--the one weekend event that's a reminder to parents, students and teachers that the school year is on the horizon.For 14 years, Texas has participated in the Tax Free Weekend, allowing families to save money in their back-to-school pursuit. The weekend continues through Sunday, August 19--a week before the school year begins for the majority of public schools in the Lone Star State. Past Tax Free Weekends in Texas were held on the first weekend of August, but in 2007 the date was changed to be closer to the start of school.A variety of clothing, footwear, school supplies, backpacks and other items are available during the savings weekend, in which the items must be priced under $100.The list of some of the clothing and footwear on the state's tax free list include belts with attached buckles, general-purpose boots, coats, dresses, hooded shirts/sweatshirts, jackets, jeans, pants/trousers, shirts, shoes, socks, shorts and underclothing.Some of the school supply items that are tax-free include construction paper, manila paper, crayons, markers, highlighters, pencils, pens, glue and glue sticks, scissors, rulers, erasers, school supply boxes, pocket folders, loose leaf ruled notebook paper, notebooks, binders and composition books.Backpacks--defined by the State Comptroller as "a pack with straps one wears on the back"--also includes messenger bags and backpacks with wheels, as long as they can be worn like the traditional backpack. Already, several states have taken on the task of offering a three-day, tax-free weekend--some states even offer week-long savings--to offer families some financial relief in gearing up for the new school year.To learn what meets the tax-free requirements--along with what doesn't, visit the Texas Comptroller's website at