Houston legislators Sen. Rodney Ellis and Dwayne Bohac want to add electronics to sales tax holiday weekend

In a bipartisan effort by two Houston legislators, state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, a Republican, and state Senator Rodney Ellis, a Democrat, said at a press conference on Tuesday that they want to expand the state’s annual sales tax holiday weekend.

House Bill 1087 and Senate Bill 426 would increase the purchase limit amount on clothing, shoes, backpacks, and school supplies that are eligible for sales tax exemption from $100 to $200. The measures also would allow some electronic devices — including computers, tablets and e-readers — to the list of items that will be tax-free during the sales tax holiday.

“Over the years, the back-to-school sales tax holidays have offered consumers important spending relief, but we need to make it reflective of ‘inflation creep’ and modernize the law to represent what students and consumers are buying in 2015,” Bohac said in a statement.

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Ellis, who authored the bill in 1999 to create the back-to-school sales tax holiday, said the measures he and Bohac are proposing will help young people “succeed in the classroom.”

“As long as tax cuts remain on the agenda this session, I intend to fight for tax cuts that will go straight to families’ pockets,” he said in a statement.

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The annual three-day annual sales tax holiday runs this year from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9.

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alanofaustin
alanofaustin

The State under funds our schools so lets have a 'tax holiday' for school supplies & everything else. Everyone wants a free lunch but no one wants to pay for it or clean up the kitchen.  If you ever want to see our future, read about the rise & fall of the Roman Empire.  Texas & the USA is headed for a Roman Holiday.......Texas Forever!?!