Oklahoma City outlet mall set to open on tax-free weekend

The annual sales tax holiday will run Aug. 5-7, the same weekend as the opening of The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City.
BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Modified: July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm •  Published: July 8, 2011

All 87 stores are on track to open Aug. 5, she said. Retailers include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nike, DKNY, JoS. A. Bank, Michael Kors, Chico's, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Levi's and Carter's.

Law exempts clothing, shoes under $100

Last year, shoppers saved more than $6.8 million during the sales tax holiday, according to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. It occurs each year on the first weekend in August and is mandatory for all retailers. The law exempts clothing and shoes priced at less than $100 from sales taxes; the $100 limit is per item, not per transaction.

Even though the state is facing a budget crunch, there wasn't a push to eliminate the sales tax holiday, which has been in place since 2007, said Paula Ross, a spokeswoman for the Tax Commission.

“For the merchants and the economy, it's a positive,” she said, adding that the loss of sales tax is made up in other ways such as keeping shoppers in Oklahoma and attracting those from other states.



Opening weekend

Hours: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and Saturday, Aug. 6; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Location: Interstate 40 and Council Road.

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