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Movie time

Clinton Fire Chief D.L. Webb says it’s movie time this week at the downtown fire station. The department’s summer movie series kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, with a fire safety class. Following the class, The Lego Movie will be shown on a 16 foot by 20 foot wide outdoor screen. The department is selling drinks and popcorn for $1 each. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the show, Webb says.

Tax free

The Arkansas sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2.

The tax holiday, which cuts state and local sales and use taxes on many items, extends to midnight Sunday, Aug. 3.

Online sales made from Arkansas are included in the tax holiday, according to Tom Atchley, excise tax administrator for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. Act 757 of 2011 mandated the Arkansas sales tax holiday.

Shoppers can save about 10 percent on state and local taxes.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669 on clothing, shoes, supplies and electronics. This is up 5 percent from last year. The older the student, the more money is likely to be spent. The survey found the average family shopping for high school students will spend $683, followed by middle school students at $682 and elementary school-age children with an average of $581.

In Arkansas, the state and local sales tax will not be collected on clothing and footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per item, clothing accessories and equipment less than $50 per item, school supplies, school art supplies, and school instructional materials. A full list of eligible items is available at the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration website under the “Sales & Use Tax” section.

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