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  • 5 Things to Know About: Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

  • For the last nine years, the state of Missouri has held a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, giving families the opportunity to stock up on needed school supplies while not having to pay sales tax.

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  • For the last nine years, the state of Missouri has held a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, giving families the opportunity to stock up on needed school supplies while not having to pay sales tax.
    “If you need a computer, school supplies or clothes, now would be a good time to buy these items,” said Alana Barragan-Scott, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. “Saving more than four percent is significant.”
    This year, the sales tax holiday is Friday through Sunday. Here are five things to know about the sales tax holiday.
    1. No local sales tax. During the three-day sales tax holiday, the state’s 4.225 percent sales tax will not be included on certain purchases. Local governments also have the option to participate, increasing the savings for shoppers. All of the cities in Eastern Jackson County are participating this year, which means that city sales tax also will not be collected.
    2. Not just for students. Although the tax-free weekend is called the “Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday,” it does not mean that it only applies to students. Anyone can participate in the weekend. The name only refers to the weekend’s proximity to the new school year.
    3. Save on school supplies. School supplies is one of the main areas where consumers can save. School supply purchases less than $50 will not be charged sales tax. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. Computer software is also considered a school supply and is eligible if less than $350. Items that are not included include CD players, sports equipment, cell phones and other office equipment.
    4. Don’t forget the computers. Another big purchase on the tax-free holiday is computers. Personal computers that do not cost more than $3,500 and computer devices that do not exceed $3,500 are eligible during the weekend. A computer includes a laptop, desktop or tower unit that includes a central processing unit, random access memory and a storage drive. Monitors, keyboards and other related devices are also included. Computer devices range from disk drives to modems, motherboards, speakers, printers, scanners and sound or video cards.
    5. Refresh the wardrobe. The final area that applies to the tax free holiday is clothing. Any clothing purchase that is not more than $100 is eligible. This includes material used to make school uniforms or school clothing. However, it does not apply to watches, jewelry, scarves or other accessories.
    For more information on the tax holiday, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov/tax/business/sales/taxholiday/school/
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