The annual Oklahoma tax-free weekend is returning all across the state this weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. this Friday and running through Sunday evening, the sale of any qualifying item of clothing or footwear with a price of less than $100 will be exempt from all sales and use tax.

Mita Bates, president and CEO of the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, said this is the ideal time for parents to do some back to school shopping for new school clothes.

“It gives parents the ability to purchase many of the clothing items children need to begin school without the payment of sales tax which is over 9% in our community,” Bates said. “So it’s a great opportunity to send students to school prepared for the year.”

This weekend also offers a great time for adults to stock up on clothing items for themselves and make special purchases tax-free. Some of the items the Oklahoma Tax Commission lists include steel toed shoes, bathing suits, diapers for children and adults and even wedding apparel as all being eligible for the discount.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission states that exceptions to the tax free rule are “special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use or to the rental of clothing or footwear.” For example football cleats, jewelry, wallets, and hair pieces are some of the items which will not be included in the tax-free weekend. However, shoppers may be able to save on these kinds of items because many retailers will be offering special sale prices all weekend.

“I think that you’ll find that many of the merchants that have qualifying items will offer some kind of other discounts to get shoppers into their store,” Bates said, adding that the Chamber has been working with local retailers to offer special sales since before tax-free weekend even began within the state.

“For communities with proximity to Texas such as Ardmore, it provides an even greater opportunity for merchants to compete,” Bates said. “Texas introduced the tax-free weekend many years prior to its adoption in Oklahoma, incentivizing families to take their hard-earned dollars south of the Red River. The Chamber began to promote a tax-free event to compete with Texas years ago, and we’re excited to continue promoting it each year.”

For a complete list of the rules and regulations concerning tax-free weekend visit the Ardmore Chamber of Commerce online at chamber.ardmore.org.