Tax-free weekend underway in Green Country

Quick Facts:

  • Oklahoma's tax-free weekend runs Aug. 3 through Aug. 5
  • Clothing and shoe purchases under $100 per item are eligible
  • Accessories, "special clothing" and athletic/protective clothing and footwear are not exempt during the holiday

A prime back-to-school clothes shopping time is coming up.

Oklahomans can get clothing and shoes, with a few restrictions, free of sales tax from Aug. 3 through Aug. 5.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission said the sales tax holiday was introduced as a way to boost business by helping shoppers save a little cash. Legislation introducing the holiday was passed in 2007.

Clothes and shoes with a sale price of less than $100 per item are exempt from sales tax during the holiday.

Anyone in Oklahoma can take advantage of the holiday; all retailers are required to participate.

Coupons may be used to help an item qualify, but manufacturer’s coupons that provide the retailer with reimbursement will not exempt the purchase if the original price is more than $100.

If a customer makes the final payment on a layaway item during the holiday, they will qualify for exemption, according to the tax commission.

Online purchases qualify as long as the order is made during the holiday.

Items exempt from sales tax during the holiday include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Aprons, household and shop
  • Athletic supporters
  • Baby receiving blankets
  • Bathing suits and caps
  • Beach capes and coats
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Boots
  • Coats and jackets
  • Costumes
  • Diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers
  • Ear muffs
  • Footlets
  • Formal wear
  • Garters and garter belts
  • Girdles
  • Gloves and mittens for general use
  • Hats and caps
  • Hosiery
  • Insoles for shoes
  • Lab coats
  • Neckties
  • Overshoes
  • Pantyhose
  • Rainwear
  • Rubber pants
  • Sandals
  • Scarves
  • Shoes and shoe laces
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Socks and stockings
  • Steel toed shoes
  • Underwear
  • Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic
  • Wedding apparel