Tax free weekend draws big shopping numbers - - Jackson, MS

Tax free weekend draws big shopping numbers

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Jackson, MS (WLBT) People who waited till the last minute to do their back to school shopping are being rewarded this weekend. Friday marked the first day of the tax free holiday in Mississippi.

Shoppers are avoiding the normal 7-percent tax on clothes.  

This is the second year Mississippi has offered a tax free weekend.

Here's how it works. Most clothing items and shoes you buy this weekend, you won't be charged a tax on. Each item must be under 100-dollars to qualify for the tax break.

Certain items like purses, backpacks, jewelry and accessories are excluded. Northpark mall managers say they actually prepare for this weekend days in advance.

Many stores are also increasing their staffs, getting ready for the big crowds. 

Brian Pearson with Public Relations inside Northpark Mall says, "We look forward to it like black Friday, we expect full parking lots, folks coming in getting out of the heat, picking up some really good deals on the sales we have going on through the mall, enjoying sales tax free

18 states are offering some variety of a tax-free holiday. Alabama, Texas and Tennessee all are holding theirs next weekend.

Tomorrow is expected to be the busiest day of this shopping holiday. If you come out expect some traffic, and some long lines at the cash register.

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