Texas County residents can save during a state back-to-school sales tax holiday Friday through Sunday.

This weekend’s sales tax holiday on clothing, computers and school supplies could provide a much-needed lift to many small stores and businesses, said Brad Jones, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The tax holiday is Aug. 5-7 in participating jurisdictions.

“It’s been a ho-hum summer for a lot of small businesses,” Jones said. “In jurisdictions that choose to opt in, the sales-tax holiday should help people get fired up and in the mood to spend.”

The latest NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, released July 12, shows that small-business confidence improved by only a fraction of one percent in June.

“Small businesses are in maintenance mode,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “Uncertainty is high, expectations for better business conditions are low, and future business investments look weak.”

That’s where the sales-tax holiday comes in, Jones said. Parents would go back-to-school shopping regardless, he said, but the tax holiday could also attract cash-strapped shoppers who have delayed purchases.

“And people need to remember that the tax holiday applies to Main Street as well as the mall,” Jones said. “Even if you don’t need school clothes, you can save money shopping during the sales-tax holiday, and you can find some great deals and unique merchandise by shopping small.

“When you shop at small, locally-owned businesses, you’re helping your friends and neighbors,” Jones said. “You’re supporting the businesses that support our schools and charities and create jobs in our communities.

“Combined with the back-to-school sales a lot of stores are having, the sales-tax holiday is going to help people get a bigger bang for their buck,” Jones said. “The more we can do to encourage people to shop at small businesses, the more jobs we’ll save, and the faster our economy will grow.”

To learn more about Missouri’s sales tax holiday, visit the Department of Revenue’s website at http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/.

NFIB is the state’s leading small-business association, representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. For more information, visit www.NFIB.com/MO or follow @NFIB_MO on Twitter.

A back-to-school section covering all seven districts in Texas County will appear in the Aug. 11 issue of the Houston Herald. 

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