Senator Don Barrington
Senate District 31
Comanche, Cotton, Grady, Jefferson, and Stephens counties
For Immediate Release: July 28, 2008
Senator Barrington: This Weekend’s
Sales Tax Holiday to Help Families, Economy
State Senator Don
Barrington, the author of the law that created Oklahoma’s
sales tax holiday, is excited about this weekend’s tax-free
event after seeing how successful it was in 2007.
“Oklahoma’s sales tax holiday helps families save money
on purchases of clothing and shoes, and it provides a boost to Oklahoma’s
economy, too,” said Barrington, R-Lawton.
Oklahoma’s sales tax holiday for 2008 runs from 12:01 a.m.
this Friday, August 1 through midnight on Sunday, August 3.
“We created the back-to-school sales tax holiday to help
Oklahomans save money on purchases of clothes and shoes, especially
for parents of children who are about to go back to school,”
stated Barrington. “Last year we also saw the tremendous economic
benefit of the sales tax holiday as businesses had an increase in
sales to shoppers of all ages,” he said.
In 2007 the Oklahoma Legislature overwhelmingly passed Barrington’s
Senate Bill 861. The bill created a three-day sales tax holiday
on the first weekend of August each year, making purchases of clothing
and shoes up to $100 free of sales taxes.
Even though clothes and shoes are tax free during the holiday,
last year’s event actually resulted in an overall increase
in sales tax collections due to the extra business generated by
shoppers over the weekend.
In addition to creating the annual sales tax holiday, Barrington’s
legislation also eliminated the franchise tax for thousands of small
businesses and created a childcare tax credit for stay-at-home parents.
Barrington thanked his Democrat co-author, Senator Jay Paul Gumm
of Durant, for his bipartisan help to pass the sales tax holiday
in 2007. Senate Bill 861 passed the Senate 33 to 15 – with
the support of all 24 Republican senators and 9 of 24 Democratic
For more information
Sen. Barrington's Office: (405) 521-5563