Sales tax holiday kicks off this weekend


The Department of Revenue reminds Tennesseans they can buy certain items without paying sales tax Aug. 7 through 9.

During these three days, Tennessee shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, school supplies and computers.

“This holiday offers Tennesseans great savings on important back-to-school items, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

The sales tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m. During this weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost less than $100 per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

Listed below are some of the items that are tax exempt eligible:

Clothing — $100 or less: Belts, caps, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, hosiery, jackets, jeans, neckties, pants, scarves, school uniforms, shirts, shoes, socks, underwear, sneakers.

School supplies — $100 or less: Binders, Book Bags/ Backpacks, calculators, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, lunch boxes, notebooks, pens, paper, pencils, rulers, scissors and tape.

School Art Supplies — Clay and glazes, paints, paintbrushes, watercolors, sketch pads, drawing pads.

Computer — $1,500 or less (not for use in a trade or business) are exempt from sales tax. For purposes of this exemption, a computer is defined as a central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components, and preloaded software.

Some retailers have even extended their hours for shoppers, so make sure to call ahead to your favorite shopping retailer and see if you can get in an extra hour or two of tax free shopping.

For more information please visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue Website at

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