Wal-Mart: Tax-Free Weekend Not as Successful

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

Tax-Free weekend has come to an end.
The three-day sales tax holiday brought out shoppers looking to save some cash.

"We have our staff well planned out this weekend and we have extra people on board," Chuck Simmons with Target said.

But, the eighth annual tax-free weekend didn't prove as successful for retailers.

"I don't think it has been as successful as the past years," Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Jodi Byrge said.

The sales tax holiday was expected to save Texas consumers millions in state and local taxes.
Businesses offered no-tax privileges on most clothing, footwear, and other back-to-school merchandise priced under $100.

But even though some shoppers did stock up on back to school items, this year's tax free weekend seemed to lose some of its flair.

"A lot is just it is not that big of a savings so they are willing to buy the sales tax to avoid the crowds," Byrge said

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers were predicted to spend $527 per child on school supplies alone.
Consumers saved about $8 for every $100 spent during the sales tax holiday.


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