Statewide sales tax holiday ends today
by Staff Reports
Aug 04, 2013 | 1043 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tennessee residents have one more day to take advantage of the state’s sales tax holiday.

As families prepare their students to go back to school, they can save nearly 10 percent when they buy items like clothing, shoes, school and art supplies and computers.

The value of the sales tax holiday is 9.75 percent for Cleveland shoppers, taking into account a 9.25 percent state sales tax and .5 percent in local sales taxes.

State Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts said last year’s sales tax holiday saved Tennessee residents some $10 million.

Examples of the types of items that are tax exempt this weekend include:

- Clothing: shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves

n School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

n Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

n Computers: Central processing units (CPUs), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software. iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while smart phones and video game consoles are not.

Gov. Bill Haslam said in a recent statement that he hoped Tennessee families would take advantage of the opportunity to buy things tax free because the tax holiday was “created with them in mind” as they prepare for the back-to-school season.

All items that qualify for tax-free status should be automatically rung up as such by store cashiers. The sales tax holiday might not be honored by national online retailers, and customers should verify that before placing orders they hope to be tax-free.

Those who miss out on Tennessee’s sales tax holiday this weekend will have another chance to save if they are willing to travel to a neighboring state the next. Georgia has its sales tax holiday for two days next weekend, Aug. 9 and 10.