Today starts Texas' tax-free shopping weekend, a three-day period when shoppers are supposedly given a break from tax on much school- and work-related clothing and footwear, and local businesses get a shot in the arm. The savings amount to about $8 on every $100 shoppers spend.
But some things make you go "huh?" For example, pajamas and robes are tax-free ... but backpacks are taxed. Cowboy and hiking boots are tax-free ... but bike helmets are taxed. Work clothes are tax-free ... but safety gear and glasses are taxed. Football jerseys are tax-free ... but football pants are taxed. Tailored suits are tax-free ... but the fabric or yarn to make your own clothes will be taxed. Zippered sweatshirts are tax-free ... but zippers are taxed. Fishing caps are tax-free ... but hardhats are taxed.
Oh well. Let's not look a gift horse in the mouth. A sales-tax break is a good thing, especially if you're looking for an 8% discount on cowboy boots and underwear!