2010 Texas Sales Tax Holiday

It is that time of year again – the annual Texas sales tax holiday held in Texas each August in conjunction with Back-to-School.  The break in taxes was originally started due to the surpluses the state was showing.  A little give back to the people who had contibuted via taxes.  Many other states also enacted such plans.  However, most states are now fiscally constrained and the sales tax holidays are not as prevalent.  Fortunately for Texans, the state continues to be relatively prosperous and the tax break continues.  For most in the sate, that means a savings of 6.25% to 8.25% by not having to pay taxes (on necessary items like clothes, shoes, etc. under $100).  Many stores also help spur spending by offering great sales.  One thing I like about this week is that Groupon offered a nationwide Gap Groupon (a $50 gift card for only $25 – a 50% savings).  Adding in the tax savings, it will be $25 well spent.

Renewing a Car Registration

I live in Texas.  I am sure other states have developed similar programs, but www.texasonline.com is just brilliant.  I literally just renewed the registration on my car for Denton County in 1 minute and 45 seconds.  All I needed was my insurance card and a credit card.  How did we ever survive in the “old days” going through lines, phones and mail to do this task.  I can get online from the comfort of my home while I am actually doing associated tasks and get something done with the government.

While I am happy to pay the extra $2.00 for this service, I do have to quetion it.  By using technology and being able to minimize the face-to-face contact, should not the cost decrease?