Taxes get the ax

CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Layton Guthals, 8, tries on a pair of shoes Saturday at Randy’s Shoes on Main Street. New Mexico’s sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers continues today.

By Tony Gutierrez: CNJ staff writer

Eastern New Mexico shoppers filed into stores Friday and Saturday to take advantage of the state’s third annual tax-free holiday.

Today is the last day to buy school-related products such as school supplies that sell for less than $15, clothing and shoes priced under $100, computers costing no more than $1,000 and computer accessories for less than $500 without any sales tax, technically gross receipts tax.

Paul Encinias, assistant manager for Portales’ Wal-Mart electronics department, said customers were buying school-related accessories such as calculators, ink and computer paper.

D’Lyn Ford of Portales bought school supplies at Wal-Mart Saturday for her third-grade daughter. She said she’ll probably shop for clothes today.

With an entourage of five children, Jerry and Victoria Mendez of Clovis spent Saturday buying school supplies and clothes.
Deirdre Guthals took her two children to buy shoes and planned to stop by North Plains Mall later in the day for school supplies.
“We were really busy Friday,” said Halley Manley, an employee at Dayhoff’s Shoe Outlet in Clovis. “The majority of business is tennis shoes for back to school. We’ve sold a lot of women’s shoes for junior high and high school.”

Manley said normal daily sales for the store total $400, but on Friday the store racked up sales of $1,063, which she credits to the tax-free weekend.

“It’s great, I don’t have to pay taxes,” said Laura Baros, who bought clothes and supplies for her grandson, Martin. “It’s not that much, but every penny adds up.”

“We had a good weekend,” said Randy Dayhoff, owner of Dayhoff’s and Randy’s Shoes. “It helped because we had a jump on the Texas tax-free weekend.”