Annual Sales Tax Holiday Set For Aug. 2-4

Monday, July 15, 2013

State Representative Ron Travis announced that Tennessee’s 9th annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4. During the three day tax holiday, shoppers can save almost 10 percent on tax free clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. During the designated three day weekend, shoppers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less. 

“I hope this holiday allows the people of our community to keep a bit more hard-earned money in their pockets,” said Rep. Travis. “I am an advocate of lower taxes across the board and will continue that fight in Nashville to help put even more money back in your bank account over the coming months.”

For more information, visit www.tntaxholiday.com. The Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail at salestax.holiday@tn.gov, and through its toll-free hotline, 1-800-342-1003. Exempted items include: 

Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms — both athletic and non-athletic, and scarves.

School supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors. 

Art supplies: Clay and glazes, acrylic, tempera and oil paints, paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, and watercolors.

Computers: Laptop computers, desktop computers, tablets, central processing units (CPUs), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components, and pre-loaded software. 

Rep. Travis serves as a member of the House Insurance & Banking Committee and House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. He represents District 31, consisting of Bledsoe, Roane, Sequatchie and Rhea Counties.


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