It’s the beginning of August and the collective community mind is “back to school.” This August 3rd – 5th, South Carolina is one of 10 states participating a tax free shopping holiday – and the time couldn’t be better local families looking to maximize their savings. In a matter of days, students and teachers will be flooding the hallways with stories of summertime adventures and backpacks full of brand new school supplies. The cost of binders, dividers, and notebooks can definitely add up.
SC TAX FREE SHOPPING WEEKEND
Parents looking for a deal can skip paying sales tax on many items starting on August 3rd.
Dates: Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th
During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of back-to-school essentials are exempt from the state’s 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. Shoppers will also find tax free items for the home and dorm room. In past years, South Carolina shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend.
- Clothing, no limit
- School supplies, including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, blue books, book bags, lunchboxes, musical instruments (but only if the musical instrument is used in the classroom or at home in relation to school assignments).
- Computers, no limit
- Blankets, bed spreads, bed linens, towels, etc., no limit
Exclusions: Jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture and layaway purchases.
Click here for the full list: https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend
ONLINE DEALS! A big plus for shoppers that want to avoid the crowds – online purchases are also subject to the exemption! USA Today compiled a super helpful list of some of the best online deals at this link here:
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