Shoppers splurge during tax holiday

Tax-free shopping on clothes and footwear this weekend in Oklahoma is drawing consumers for back-to-school goods.
BY HILLARY MCLAIN Business Writer hmclain@opubco.com Published: August 3, 2013
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Oklahoma's retail tax holiday is luring shoppers with a brief tax break on select items over the weekend.

The holiday, which began Friday, will last through Sunday. Tax-exempt items are limited to clothing and footwear that cost less than $100.

Some items, like jewelry, handbags and other accessories, are not included in the tax-exempt status. All retailers in the state are required to forego sales tax on the exempt items during the holiday weekend.

Several shoppers at Penn Square Mall on Friday were looking for back-to-school clothing. Debbye Rosen and her granddaughter, Chelsea Grant, said lines hadn't been as long as they anticipated, but parking was still difficult.

Others, like Tira Vinson and her two sons, won't be limiting their shopping to one mall, and planned to visit the Outlet Shoppes and Burlington Coat Factory for back-to-school wear.

“At least that's the plan,” she said, laughing.

Shoppers will spend an average of $634.78 on back-to-school shopping this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Most of that will be spent on apparel and accessories, according to the federation's survey.

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