Tax-free weekend now underway in New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you still haven’t bought all of the necessary school supplies or other essentials, this weekend might be the time to do it.
New Mexico’s tax-free weekend officially started Friday at 12:01 a.m.
Although school is already underway for most students in the state, this weekend is families’ annual chance to prepare for the year on a budget.
WHAT QUALIFIES AS TAX FREE?
School supplies, like pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons and backpacks, are tax-free. Also, clothes and shoes less than $100 are tax-free.
Any desktops, laptops, tablets or computers under $1000 are also tax-free. Related computer hardware under $500 also qualifies.
“We have a thing where you can get the 14 key items for back-to-school for less than $13. That’s the same price as last year. We’re really helping to help families fight inflation,” said Arthur Mann, of Walmart. “An example of some of them [is this box]. It’s crayons, markers, a pencil box, pens and scissors, just the basic items every student is going to need.”
New Mexico’s tax-free weekend will end Sunday at 11:59 p.m.
Walmart will also have sensory-friendly hours where stores will have dimmed lights, radios off and static images on TVs to help sensory-sensitive shoppers.
Stores in Rio Rancho and Bernalillo and some in Albuquerque will offer that. See stores for details.