New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, July 30, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
SALES TAX/From 1A
are not eligible for the exemption.
Customers buying golf cleats and football pads, for instance, must pay sales tax. However, the tax will be waived on athletic wear that is also used for participation in other non-athletic activities. For example, tennis shoes, baseball caps and jogging suits commonly used as street wear can be bought tax-free during the holiday.
Also excluded from the sales tax holiday are:
• accessories such as jewelry and watches;
• items that are carried rather than worn, including handbags, briefcases and wallets;
• clothing rentals such as formal wear and costume rentals; and
• repairs and alterations.
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander made one administrative change this year by allowing customers who put clothes and shoes costing less than $ I OO on layaway during the holiday weekend to take those items out of layaway at a later date without paying sales tax.
“This will allow hard-working families with limited budgets to pay for their purchases a little bit at a time and still get the tax break,” she said.
Success in 1999
This past year, Texans spent more than S400 million on tax-exempt clothes and shoes during the three-day sales tax holiday, saving more than $32 million in sales tax.
One city, Sunset Valley, opted out of the holiday this year. The I 1/2-percent tax will be due on
Valley, outside of Austin.
Locally, the holiday w ill exempt most items of adult and children s clothing and footwear from the usual 8.25 percent state and local sales tax.
The state gets 6.25 percent of the 8.25 percent sales tax; the city of New Braunfels receives 1.5 percent, and Comal County receives .5 percent.
Local stores already are preparing for the second sales tax holiday after a successful shopping season this past year.
Christine Ohlendorf, assistant manager at Wal-Mart Supercenter, 1209 Interstate 35 South, said, “We're going to make sure we have a lot of the basic back-to-school stuff, such as apparel, socks, underwear and T-shirts.”
Ohlendorf also said the store would provide additional employees during the holiday weekend to manage the increased volume of customers.
John Alvarez, store team leader for Target, 642 South Walnut, said the store was busy preparing for the sales tax holiday by bringing in extra merchandise and beefing up staff.
“We’re getting extra merchandise in all those (tax-exempt) areas, especially the shoes, jeans, or w hat we call the basics, such as T-shirts, underwear and socks," he said.
Alvarez said the first sales tax holiday this past year helped store managers know which items would be in the most demand this year.
“We know what to expect,” he said. “We have a history of what we did last year in terms of store qualifying items bought in Sunset staff to be prepared for the extra
Texas, Oklahoma to settle dispute
DALLAS (AP) — A centuries-old dispute over the Texas-Oklahoma state line is nearing a settlement, with representatives of both states poised to formally agree on the definition of their common border.
Texas Land Commissioner David Dewhurst and Oklahoma state Rep. James Dunegan were scheduled to sign the Texoma Area Boundary Agreement at Southern Methodist University on Friday morning. The boundary agreement is the final action needed to resolve the long-running Red River boundary dispute.
The Texas Legislature had asked Dewhurst to negotiate the boundary through Lake Texoma, the last stretch of the Red River boundary not agreed upon by the two states.
Earlier this month, the U.S. House gave its consent to the agreement between Texas and Oklahoma that settles a two-centu-ry-old effort to determine their common border.
Fulfilling its constitutional duty
to approve compacts reached between the states, the House voted by voice to accept the agreement. The compact was formally endorsed by the Texas state government in May, 1999, and by Oklahoma in June last year.
The boundary has been an issue since the Louisiana Purchase nearly 200 years ago because the Red River that divides the states changes course, according to Texas Reps. Max Sandlin, a Democrat, and Republican Mac Thomberry.
An 1819 treaty with Spain, which then held what is now Texas, set the boundary on the south bank of the river, but the meandering river continued to cause problems, Thomberry said. In the 1930s, the lawmakers said Oklahoma sent a National Guard tank to the border where it was confronted by a Texas Ranger.
The border, under the agreement, is to be the vegetation line on the south bank of the Red River.
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Ohlendorf said store managers at Wal-Mart would use sales figures from this past year to project how much business the store would do this year.
Retailers statewide reported crow ds during the sales tax holiday comparable to the Christmas shopping season.
Alvarez said “It was a little different because it lasted three days and the Christmas shopping season can last a month, but as far as the volume increase, I would say it was like Christmas.”
Rylander said in the future she would like to see backpacks tax exempt and the holiday to include fabric, buttons, zippers and other items used to sew clothing. She said she also would like the holiday to be extended to several weeks.
Any change in the list of tax-exempt items or the number of taxfree days must wait until the Legislature meets next year.
Sales Tax Holiday
Legislation passed by Senator Ellis designates Aug. 4 (beginning 12:01 a.m.) through Aug. 6 as Texas’ second annual Sales Tax Holiday. Clothing and shoes priced under $100 per item will be tax-free. That will save Texans more than $8 on every $100 they spend.
Jogging apparel, such as
bras, suits and shorts
Belts with attached buck
Neckwear and ties
Pants and trousers
Caps/hats - baseball,
Raincoats and ponchos
fishing, golf, knitted
Coats and wraps
Shoes - sandals, slippers,
sneakers, tennis, walking
Diapers - adult and baby
Socks (including athletic)
Suits, slacks and jackets
Gym suits and uniforms
Hooded shirts and hood
Swimsuits and trunks
Tuxedos (not rental)
Work clothes and uni
Jerseys - baseball and
Accessories (generally) - barrettes, plastic pony tail holders, wallets, watches Backpacks Baseball cleats and pants
Belt buckles (without belt)
Boots - climbing, fishing. rubber work boots, ski, waders buttons and zippers Cloth and lace, knitting, yarns and other fabrics Dry cleaning services Football pants Golf gloves Handbags and purses Handkerchiefs Hard hats
Helmets - bike, base
ball, football, hockey, motorcycle, sports Ice skates Jewelry
Laundering services Leather goods - except belts and wearing apparel
Pads - football, hockey, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder
Personal flotation devices
Rented clothing (including uniforms, formal wear and costumes) Roller blades and skates
Safety clothing, glasses Shoes - bicycle (cleated), bowling, golf
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