Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers will run from this Friday through Sunday, July 30.
During this time, clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased tax-free, and items sold online are also eligible. It should be noted, however, that certain restrictions do apply.
First of all, items purchased must be purchased for personal use and not for business or trade. There are other restrictions that apply to specific items.
Clothing purchased during the tax-free weekend will only be tax-free if the apparel costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc. If apparel costs over $100 per item, sales tax will be applied. Additionally, items such as jewelry, handbags or sports and recreational equipment are not included in the tax-free weekend.
School and art supplies with a purchase price of under $100 per item – such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads and paint brushes – will be sold tax-free. It should be noted that items that are sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 per item maximum.
Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less will be included in the tax-free weekend. This applies to both laptops as well as tablet computers.
Items that are not included in the tax-free weekend are storage media, individually purchased software, printer supplies and household appliances.
In addition to the annual tax-free weekend, a grocery tax holiday is set to begin in the state of Tennessee on Aug. 1. Sales of food and food ingredients will take effect on that date and continue through Oct. 31 of this year. It should be noted that sales of prepared food, dietary supplements, candy, alcoholic beverages and tobacco are not included in items exempt from taxes during this period.