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Texas PTA needs your help

Posted by Texas Education on March 18, 2009

We need your help to pass a sales tax holiday expansion to include basic school supplies.
Representative Dwayne Bohac, (R) Houston, has filed HB 1806 to expand the sales tax holiday to include basic school supplies.
Please call your legislator and ask him/her to sign on to the bill!

What you need to know:
Currently Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes the last weekend before the first day of school for items including clothing, backpacks, and shoes.  The law exempts most clothing and footwear priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save Texas shoppers roughly $8 per $100 spent.
The current law does not exempt school supplies.  The proposed legislation, HB 1801, would add school supplies such as crayons, pens, paper, calculators, and notebooks to the exemption.    Many policy makers are not aware that basic school supplies are NOT exempted from sales tax during the back to school sales tax holiday weekend.
The $100 per item cap that is used for other sales tax exempt items will be utilized for school supplies as well.

What you can do:
Call your state representative and ask him/her to sign on to co-author HB 1801, by Bohac, to expand the sales tax holiday weekend to include basic school supplies.

To find your state representative:

http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php

ASK YOUR STATE REPRESENTATAIVE TO SIGN ON TO HB 1801!

SUPPORT A SALES TAX EXEMPTION FOR BASIC SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

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