The annual three-day sales tax holiday in Tennessee will stretch into October this year, but with caveats.
Sales on school supplies, clothing, and computers will be exempt from sales tax during the traditional back-to-school sales tax holiday that starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 28, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 30. That translates into a savings of as much as 9.75% in some areas where sales tax nears double digits.
Items sold online are also eligible for the sales tax exemptions. Click here for a full list of items that qualify.
This year, Tennessee has also added a three-month sales tax holiday on groceries that begins Tuesday, August 1, and ends on Tuesday, October 31.
Here are a few of the specifics for the July 28-30 event:
What is tax-free: School supplies, art supplies, and clothing items, including backpacks, books, binders, pens, paper, drawing pads, artist paint brushes, clay, glaze, shoes, shirts, pants, socks, dresses, and diapers. Desktop computers and laptop computers intended for personal use and priced at $1,500 or less are also tax-free.
Not tax-free: Jewelry, purses, sports and recreational equipment, compact discs, printer supplies, computer software, and flash drives. Individual items (with the exception of computers) priced at more than $100 each are not tax-free.
For the three-month grocery holiday, qualifying items are described broadly as any liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substance sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and consumed for taste or nutritional value.
Among items not included are alcohol, tobacco, candy, and dietary supplements.
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