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July 30, 2013

Sales tax holiday

TAHLEQUAH — Before Aug. 2 rolls around, Cherokee County shoppers may want to balance their checkbooks, check their credit card limits and plan to score good back-to-school deals with area merchants.

Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, through 12 midnight Sunday, Aug. 4, sales taxes will be waived on any article of clothing or footwear with an individual price tag of less than $100. The deal doesn’t apply to accessories, special clothing, or items designed specifically to be worn during athletic events.

All retailers selling those items are required to participate in the sales tax holiday, which was initiated by the Oklahoma Legislature in 2007 to boost sales and benefit Oklahoma consumers. The event is slated the weekend before many schools reopen for the semester.

David Moore, executive director of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, said some residents are concerned the sales tax holiday might actually cost the city needed revenue.

“But Tahlequah doesn’t lose out on the sales tax; the state reimburses it,” Moore said. “It’s an excellent opportunity for local citizens to save money, and we hope they take advantage of it right here in Tahlequah.”

Drew Haley, Tahlequah Main Street director, said several of the downtown stores are planning sales to coincide with the tax holiday.

 

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