Senator Ellis Media Advisory

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August 16, 2010
Contact: Tina Tran, (512) 463-0113

Ellis and Strama to Hold Sales Tax Holiday Press Conference

(Austin, Texas) — Senator Rodney Ellis and Representative Mark Strama will hold a press conference to kick off the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday weekend on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Senate Press Room, 2E.9.

WHAT:

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Press Conference

WHO:

Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis
Texas State Representative Mark Strama

WHEN:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 11 a.m.

WHERE:

Texas Capitol, Senate Press Room, 2E.9

In 1999, Senator Ellis passed Senate Bill 441, a $506 million tax relief package which created the 3-day sales tax holiday, eliminated the sales tax on over-the-counter medicines and cut business taxes. The tax holiday is designed to give hard-working Texans a tax break on necessities such as back-to-school clothing.

This year, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs predicts shoppers will save $59.3 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday, which takes place each year on the third Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August. For a list of tax exempt items, please visit: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_490/tx98_490.html

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