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States give back-to-school shoppers a tax break

Parents who want to make sure their children have the best book bags and coolest outfits for the coming school year have a friend in many state governments. State legislators are offering tax holidays - usually in August - to give families a chance to buy clothes, school supplies and other items without paying sales tax. Customers who have made purchases during previous tax holidays save between $15 and $100 on average, a Federation of Tax Administrators Aug. 16, 2000, report said.