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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-521-5774

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For Immediate Release: July 29, 2009

Sen. Don Barrington
Sen. Don Barrington

Oklahomans Look Forward to Third Annual Tax-Free Weekend

OKLAHOMA CITY – The state’s third annual sales tax holiday will begin August 7, giving families an opportunity to save money on children’s back-to-school clothing while encouraging people to support Oklahoma businesses.  State Sen. Don Barrington, R-Lawton, was the principal author of the measure creating Oklahoma’s sales tax holiday and encourages residents to take advantage of the event.

“For years, we lost Oklahoma dollars to other states, particularly Texas, that offered a sales tax holiday,” Barrington said.  “What we found was that not only did having our own event keep shoppers here, but they also made other purchases that were not included in the tax-free items.  It was a win-win for Oklahomans, for the state and for our local businesses.”

This year’s sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 9.  Clothing and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from all sales taxes during that time period.

“I really want to encourage our citizens to go out and support our local businesses in communities across Oklahoma—not just the weekend of August 7, but throughout the year,” Barrington said.  “By pulling together and supporting our own, we will help Oklahoma’s economy and ensure a better future for all our citizens.”

For more information contact:
Sen. Barringtonon: 405-521-5563

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