Annual state sales tax holiday weekend begins today

Published 9:53 am Friday, July 29, 2016

Sales Tax Holiday

Back to school shoppers can take advantage of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday this weekend when they purchase items from the state’s approved list.
From 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 29 through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers, as students prepare for the back-to-school season.
“We hope Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief offered by this year’s sales tax holiday,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said.
As in prior years, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.
While most clothing items will be tax free to shoppers this weekend, some items such as accessories will not be. Among items which remain taxable this weekend are: belts and belt buckles; fabric and sewing materials; hair notions; handbags; protective equipment; sports guards; sports or safety goggles; wallets; watches; or umbrellas.
Computers and tablets will be tax free this weekend, but other electronic devices such as cell phones, smart phones, electronic readers and video game consoles are not eligible for the tax exemption. Computer parts such as keyboards as well as internal components are not tax exempt if they are sold individually and not as part of a computer package. Also supplies such as compact discs, jump drivers, thumb drives, printers, printer paper and printer ink are not covered under the tax free holiday.
For more information about Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday, including detailed lists of what items are exempt and what items are still taxable, visit
The Sales Tax Holiday is being held earlier this year than it has been in years past due to a change in state law. Previously the event was held each year on the first weekend in August. Starting this year, the Sales Tax Holiday will now be held on the final weekend of July.

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