As another school year approaches, retail stores in San Marcos are getting ready for the annual state-wide tax-free weekend beginning on Friday.
Shoppers all over Texas will get a break from state and local taxes on certain clothing items and footwear this weekend (Aug. 15, 16, and 17).
In San Marcos, the Tanger Outlet Center is preparing for what they hope to be a very successful shopping weekend, as tax-free weekend is one of their most shopped events of the year.
“Tax-free weekend is one of our biggest events of the year other than Thanksgiving,” said Michelle Carswell, Manger of the Tanger Center. “We look forward to it because shoppers can take advantage of some awesome sales as well as no tax.”
Carswell expects a lot of business from shoppers all over Texas this weekend, as well as many shoppers from Mexico.
“The Mexico nationals shop here all the time and get tax exemptions by showing their receipts because they are international visitors,” Carswell said, “but this weekend will cut back the burden of having to show receipts so we expect to see many of them as well as many traveling Texans.”
The Tanger Center is sure to be extremely crowded during the tax-free holiday, so a few tips from Carswell are: map out the stores you want to visit, take note of stores that are opening early (a list of these can be found at http://www.tangeroutlet.com/sanmarcos), hang on to all of your belongings and lock your car.
It is also important to check out the complete list of items that are tax-exempt on the Texas Comptroller’s website at (http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html).
“We are optimistic that we’ll have a fabulous shopping weekend,” Carswell said.