Tax-free vacation weekend will have new modifications this 12 months

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The tax-free holiday weekend is going to look slightly different this year as the school year kicks off with some changes.

With masks now being part of the school uniform, some parents might be thinking about buying masks in bulk, and many might wonder if masks are included in the weekend’s holiday.

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The answer is, yes, some are.

About Tax-free
Tax-free may refer to:

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Tax-free holiday weekend will have new changes this year

About holiday
A holiday is a day set aside by custom or by law on which normal activities, especially business or work including school, are suspended or reduced. Generally, holidays are intended to allow individuals to celebrate or commemorate an event or tradition of cultural or religious significance. Holidays may be designated by governments, religious institutions, or other groups or organizations. The degree to which normal activities are reduced by a holiday may depend on local laws, customs, the type of job held or personal choices.
The concept of holidays often originated in connection with religious observances. The intention of a holiday was typically to allow individuals to tend to religious duties associated with important dates on the calendar. In most modern societies, however, holidays serve as much of a recreational function as any other weekend days or activities.
In many societies there are important distinctions between holidays designated by governments and holidays designated by religious institutions. For example, in many predominantly Christian nations, government-designed holidays may center on Christian holidays, though non-Christians may instead observe religious holidays associated with their faith. In some cases, a holiday may only be nominally observed. For example, many Jews in the Americas and Europe treat the relatively minor Jewish holiday of Hanukkah as a “working holiday”, changing very little of their daily routines for this day.
The word holiday has differing connotations in different regions. In the United States the word is used exclusively to refer to the nationally, religiously or culturally observed day(s) of rest or celebration, or the events themselves, whereas in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations, the word may refer to the period of time where leave from one’s duties has been agreed, and is used as a synonym to the US preferred vacation. This time is usually set aside for rest, travel or the participation in recreational activities, with entire industries targeted to coincide or enhance these experiences. The days of leave may not coincide with any specific customs or laws. Employers and educational institutes may designate ‘holidays’ themselves which may or may not overlap nationally or culturally relevant dates, which again comes under this connotation, but it is the first implication detailed that this article is concerned with.

Typically, the tax-free weekend doesn’t include special clothing or footwear, such as athletic clothing, or clothes for protective use, like medical or industrial grade masks. However this year, cloth and disposable fabric face masks are included.

The holiday, which runs from August 7-9, exempts sales tax on qualified items priced below $100, which saves shoppers $8 on every $100 they spend.

Tax-free holiday weekend will have new changes this year

The Texas Comptroller’s office is asking those who will be shopping in person to practice social distancing and wear a mask.

For those who don’t want to shop in person, online shopping is an option, but there are some restrictions.

First, you can only shop from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. Second, the item bought must be paid for by the customer during the holiday. Lastly, deliveries can be later, as long as it’s paid for and the seller accepts the order during the holiday.

Apparel and school supplies that can be purchased this weekend are listed on the .

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