Just in time for back-to-school shopping, this weekend will be Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday.

The tax-free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until midnight Sunday. All retailers are required to participate and may not charge sales tax on approved items this weekend. Most shoes or clothing sold for less than $100 is included, so getting kids clothes for school is a bit cheaper.

The holiday came about through legislation passed in 2007 and is meant to help businesses and allow consumers to save money in time for back-to-school shopping trips.

Sales tax exempt items during the holiday include: household and shop aprons, athletic supporters, baby receiving blankets, bathing suits and caps, beach capes and coats, belts and suspenders, boots, coats and jackets, costumes, adult and child diapers (including disposable), ear muffs, footlets, formal wear, garters and garter belts, girdles, gloves and mittens for general use.

Also, hats and caps, hosiery, insoles for shoes, lab coats, neckties, overshoes, pantyhose, rainwear, rubber pants, sandals, scarves, shoes and laces, slippers, sneakers, socks, stockings, steel-toed shoes, underwear, athletic and non-athletic uniforms and wedding apparel.

Clothing or shoes worn primarily for athletic activity or protective use, clothing or shoe rental and accessories are not exempt from tax this weekend.

Eligible layaway items will qualify for the exemption if the final payment is made and customers receive the items during the weekend. Also, qualifying items bought online are exempt from sales tax, as long as they are ordered and paid for during the exemption period.

In addition, raincheck items do not qualify. If an item runs out, raincheck purchases redeemed after tax-free weekend are taxable.

We would urge everyone to take advantage of the tax-free weekend to save a few dollars. We also urge everyone to spend their money here in Enid.

Shop locally to help out your friends and neighbors.

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