BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The tax-free weekend begins Friday, August 9 and many are making plans to get the best deals for the back to school season. Unfortunately, some of the poorest communities in country are found right here in the Rio Grande Valley. Where some may not be able to afford essential school supplies.
The Brownsville Children’s Clinic along with medical and community partners gather for their 2nd Annual Back to School Fair.
Dr. Azim Zamir, “Kids are getting all they need to get back to school here. To get their supplies, their backpacks, other things they need for the school.
According to the National Retail Federation, American families with children K-12 spend an average of $700 for back to school. Today organizers hope to alleviate some of those high expenses for the least fortunate.
Dr. Zamir says, “Some parents that have 5 kids, they can’t afford to get everything for their kids. Some of the kids are left behind.”
It’s not just backpacks and school supplies. The medical office is prepared for physicals, dental care and medical care for insured families and free to the less fortunate.
They say it’s all about investing in the community.
“They will be someone like me. A doctor, a lawyer, a businessman, any kind of professional.” Adds Dr. Zamir.
For a complete list of eligible items including the rule on non-exempt items over $100 visit: https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-490/
Notes from Texas Comptroller’s Office: The exemption applies to each eligible item sold for less than $100, and there is no limit to the number of qualifying items you can buy. For example, if you buy two shirts for $80 each, each shirt qualifies for the exemption because each is less than $100, even though the total purchase price is $160.