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What You Need to Know About Texas Tax-Free Weekend

It may still be July, but it’s almost time to start thinking about shopping for school supplies, clothes, and shoes. That’s because the Texas Tax-Free Weekend is coming up Aug. 9 – 11, 2019. Planning for the Texas sales tax holiday will ensure you pick up what you need without overspending.

Back to school shopping during the tax-free weekend can also help older kids involved in extracurricular activities. These often have added expenses. The nice thing about not paying sales tax is that you pay the exact price for qualifying items and save on taxes.

Say you want to buy a $19.99 shirt and only have a $20 bill, you’re golden. You don’t have to worry about looking for change to cover the taxes. Hey, some people still pay cash for items.

The best part? The sales tax holiday applies to everyone, not just families with school-aged kids. Keep these things in mind as you prepare for the tax-free weekend:

  • Stores do not give out rainchecks.
  • Items costing $100 or more do not qualify for the tax break.
  • Hang on to those receipts.

Here are four tips to help you make the most of tax-free weekend and back-to-school shopping.

  1. Review the official list

Use the Comptroller of Texas’ official Sales Tax Holiday list as your tax-free shopping bible. Beware that some resources refer to this list, but they don’t always describe the rules correctly.

Not all school supplies and clothing qualify for the tax break. Again, any item priced $100 or higher does not qualify regardless of what it is. Some shoes aren’t exempt from taxes.

Stores charge taxes for the following types of shoes:

  • Cleats
  • Ski boots
  • Overshoes
  • Golf shoes

While soccer shoes and cleats aren’t tax-free, soccer socks are exempt. While golf shoes are taxable, golf caps, jackets, shirts, and skirts are not if they’re under $100 each. Tennis shoes, cowboy boots, and general-purpose boots are exempt.

Did you know that lunch boxes are tax-exempt? Many are surprised by this because people don’t see it as a school supply item. Here are other surprising tax-free items:

  • Pajamas
  • Robes
  • Swimsuits
  • Slippers
  • Adult diapers

So be sure to study that list from the Comptroller of Texas.

  1. Check store hours

Don’t work hard to get to the store as soon as it’s open to avoid the crowd only to find out that it opened an hour earlier than usual. That’s because many Texas shopping centers, malls, and stores extend their hours for the Sales Tax Holiday.

While the hours aren’t as wild as Black Friday’s, it still gives you more time to shop. So, confirm the store hours before you shop.

  1. Skip the lines

You can count on one thing with Sales Tax Holiday to have in common with Black Friday: long lines. Your best bet is to go as soon as the store opens. Some people still work on Friday, so that morning may have the least amount of traffic.

And some people like to sleep in on the weekend. First thing on Saturday and Sunday are the next best options after Friday morning. If anyone needs to try on clothing, start shopping for clothes first. It’s your best chance of shorter dressing room lines.

Another way to avoid the crowd is to shop online with stores that do business in Texas. They typically don’t charge taxes for the weekend. This gives you the chance to shop around and compare prices.

  1. Create a shopping list

Between the crowd and sales, it doesn’t take much to overspend. And when you’re away from home, you have no way of checking someone’s shoe size or whether anyone needs more pants. That’s why it helps to make a list of what you need and the sizes. Confirm sizes especially children who grow like weeds.

Check your supplies. Murphy’s Law has a way of striking. People buy a box of supplies only to find they have unopened boxes in the closet.

Considering you save $1.65 in buying a $20 item, it doesn’t feel like you save much in sales tax. The real bargain comes in stores lowering their prices for the sales tax holiday. A $20 item on sale for $18 saves a total of $3.65. The savings add up if you buy enough.

Follow these four tips to save yourself a lot of headaches. Residents who live in Crosswinds in Kyle, Texas have many shopping options. You can shop in Kyle and Buda. Or you can drive 20 minutes to South Austin or San Marcos’s fantastic outlet shopping centers.

 

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Summer Events You Can’t Miss Near Crosswinds

As we step into summer, get ready for plenty of opportunities to spend time with family and friends in Kyle, Texas! Whether you’re looking for an action-packed adventure or a leisurely day on the lake, these summer events near our master-planned community in Kyle are sure to be a blast.

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Movies on the Square

Nothing says summertime quite like a movie under the stars! The Kyle Parks and Recreation Department is proud to present the 18th year of Movies on the Square, a popular Kyle, TX event. For the 2019 summer, the event has been relocated to Mary Kyle Hartson City Square Park. There are four Movies on the Square scheduled between June and August, with the first taking place on Friday, June 21. The featured film will be Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. Check out the full list of summer events by visiting the City of Kyle Parks & Recreation website. Each movie will begin at sundown, and we recommend bringing a blanket, lawn chairs and snacks.

Kyle’s Independence Day Fireworks Show

Looking for something to do on the Fourth of July that’s guaranteed fun for the whole family? Join the city of Kyle for a celebration of America’s birthday with Kyle’s Independence Day Fireworks Show! The free pre-show celebration starts at 6:00pm at the Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse and includes live music from local artists, hot dogs and cold drinks. The firework show will begin after sundown, around 9:30pm, so be sure to find a spot early. If you can see the tall water tower next to the Hays CISD PAC on Kohler’s Crossing, you’ll be able to see the fireworks!

Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival

It’s almost hot air balloon time in Kyle, Texas! Join us from August 30 – September 1 in the Pie Capital of Texas™ for a pie-themed, family-friendly hot air balloon festival. The annual Kyle Pie in the Sky Hot Air Balloon Festival will feature more than 20 hot air balloons along with live music, children’s activities, pie eating contests, tethered rides and so much more. The three-day Kyle Pie in the Sky festival is a great community event that provides fun for the whole family. Make your Labor Day weekend unforgettable with this summer event!

We hope these summer events inspire you to get out and enjoy the wonderful Kyle, Texas, community! If you’re interested in learning more about our master-planned community with ready to move-in custom built homes in Kyle, then contact Crosswinds today. You can also connect with our master-planned community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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What Will the Hays Logistics Center Bring to Kyle?

Already one of the fastest growing suburbs in the state of Texas, Kyle is about to get even bigger. A new development sitting west of I-35, the Hays Logistics Center, might be the key to Kyle’s long-term future. When officials broke ground on the new 108-acre lot, they knew it was a step in the right direction. Now, as the first of two 200,000 square-foot buildings sets to open this winter, that dream is about to turn into reality.

What Will the Hays Logistics Center Bring to Kyle?

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Why does Kyle need the Hays Logistics Center?

Approximately 85 percent of Kyle residents commute outside the city, which is not an ideal situation. With that knowledge, the city began pooling resources to make a place where residents can enjoy a high quality of life while working within the city they call home. The development is one part of the city’s strategic economic development plan, which aims at creating high paying jobs in Kyle. The availability of rentable space enhances the ability of the city to attract employers.

How did it happen?

The new center would not have been possible without the triple freeport tax exemption. This tax means a business does not have to pay an inventory tax on qualified freeport goods that leave the state within a 175-day period. A vote by the Hays CISD back in 2017 paved the way for this tax exemption and the development.

Kyle, a place to call home.

Viewed as a turning point in the city, the Hays Logistics Center is scheduled to house Alsco. The uniform and workwear services company has already started hiring for their Kyle location and is one of the first companies to set up shop at the center. With so much invested in the center by the city and its partners, there are sure to be even more companies that look to call Kyle home.

In Kyle, family comes first, and that’s why this development means so much. The ability to live and work in the city of Kyle extends benefits to both employer and employee. With all that’s going on, there’s little wonder why Kyle, TX is Austin’s next in-demand suburb. This is the perfect time to make the move to Kyle, and Crosswinds has plenty of available beautiful new homes starting from the $200s. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our master-planned community, and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get a glimpse at the Crosswinds lifestyle.

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Keeping it Kyle Spotlight – The Best Thanksgiving Dinner for 2 in Kyle

Whether you’re hosting the family or having an intimate holiday for two, cooking on Thanksgiving can be a hassle. Putting together a full meal takes a lot of prep and time away from your loved ones. Plus, who says a traditional spread should be the Best Thanksgiving Dinner for 2?

Make life easier by featuring simple, non-traditional Thanksgiving food. Here are some of our favorite restaurants near Kyle, TX for non-traditional Thanksgiving meals perfect for two.

Best Thanksgiving Dinner for 2

Phoebe’s Diner

Diner open from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

If you’re looking to get a full meal and leave needing to loosen your belt, then you’ll want to head over for the Thanksgiving lunch available at Phoebe’s Diner in Austin. Get ready to eat an immensely delicious meal with smoked turkey and ham, sage-sausage, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and broccoli casserole.

Palmer’s Restaurant Bar & Courtyard

Buffet open 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day

Of all the restaurants near Kyle Texas, Palmer’s menu defines the feel of the region by incorporating familiar flavors from South Louisiana, New Mexico, the Texas Gulf Coast and Mexico. The stand out dish for 2 includes the hand-cut and aged Palmer’s Ribeye, prepared with your choice of cooking style. Palmer’s also has two 6 oz. brined and grilled center cut pork chops, served with a spicy honey-habanero glaze.

Texas Pie Company
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You don’t have to go too far from our master-planned community to satisfy your sweet tooth. Presenting fresh and famous home-style pies, casseroles and other baked goods, the Texas Pie Company is a favorite among Kyle residents. Since 1986 the Texas Pie Company desserts come from a grandmother’s cherished recipes that have been handed down through generations. For an exclusive holiday meal, pick up the Famous Chicken Pot Pie, King Ranch Chicken, Chicken Tetrazzini, Three Cheese Lasagna or Beef Stroganoff. Finish off the day with one of their classic pies, available in 18 delicious flavors.

Putting together a full Thanksgiving meal, even for two takes a lot of preparation. A way to make life easier is to cook less and spend more time together. This year, embrace the non-traditional for the best Thanksgiving dinner for 2.

There are so many options surrounding Crosswinds, Texas that are just a short drive from our master-planned community. For more ideas surrounding the holidays stay connected with us through Facebook and Twitter.

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