Some Oklahoma communities offering 'No Sales Tax Day' this weekend


Monday, July 29th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


Looking to save a little money on all that back to school shopping you have to do? This weekend is your weekend.

Several communities in Oklahoma are offering tax-free shopping this weekend. Or you could always drive to Texas. News on Six reporter Rick Wells has the rundown.

Back to school shopping season is here. With lots of things to buy parents are looking to save a little money wherever they can. This weekend is your opportunity. In Bartlesville and Dewey, the No Sales tax Saturday was an enormous success last year. So they doing it again. You can buy everything from cars to comic books at a discount, a discount equal to the sales tax.

Tulsa's got its own version of this No Tax Day at the Tulsa Promenade Mall assistant Marketing Director Tara Cone says it's big, "Over half the merchants will be participating, and there'll be lots of great deals." Some of the stores can't participate in the No Tax Day, but she says everyone will offer discounts. Here how the no tax deal works, the last legislature failed to pass a statewide sales tax holiday, so legally we have to pay the taxes. Participating merchants will cut the regular sale price by the amount of the sales tax, so we save even more.

Bartlesville, Dewey and Tulsa are holding their events this Saturday, but they aren't the only locations for this weekend. Crossroads and Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City hold their event this Saturday. Sooner Mall in Norman is holding its event Friday through Sunday. Stores in Elk City and in Midwest City will also offer tax-free days this weekend.

All of this is an effort to keep people from heading to Texas. The third sales tax free weekend in Texas is also this weekend. All clothes and shoes are sales tax free statewide Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The marketing director for Ridgemar mall in Fort Worth told me it's the biggest shopping weekend of the year, next to the weekend before Christmas.