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Back to School Shopping

Date: 2015-08-08 12:00:00 am

Back to School Shopping


tax free weekend Missouri is offering sales tax holiday for 3 days which begins on the first Friday in August and runs through the following Sunday, August 9. Take advantage of this summer event in Branson that can help you on your back-to-school shopping needs for your kids, as well as other household items including appliances you need to purchase. Your back-to-school purchases, such as school supplies, clothing, computers, and other items as defined by state law, are exempt from sales tax for specified dates only.

This sales tax holiday takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ends on midnight the following Sunday. This Tax-Free Holiday Sale in Missouri applies to state and local sales taxes. Local jurisdiction can choose not to participate in the holiday if they enact an ordinance not to participate and have made notification to the department involved 45 days prior to the sales tax holiday. If the local jurisdiction had previously enacted an ordinance not to participate in the holiday but later decided to participate, that local jurisdiction must enact a new ordinance to participate and the same 45 days notification applies prior to tax holiday.

The state’s portion of the tax rate of 4.225% will remain exempt for the sale of qualifying sales tax holiday items. Items that are considered for exemption during the sales tax holiday include clothing, school supplies, and personal computers. Clothing is any article of wearing apparel including footwear that is intended to be worn on the human body. The clothing term shall include but not be limited to cloth and other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. This tax exemption on clothing is not including watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, scarves, ties, umbrellas, headbands, or belt buckles.

School supplies are items normally used by students in classrooms for educational purposes including but not limited to notebooks, paper, textbooks, writing instruments, art supplies, crayons, rulers, book bags, handheld calculators, backpacks, maps, chalk, and globes. The term school supplies shall not include radios, CD players, watches, sporting equipments, headphones, copiers or other office equipment, portable or desktop telephones, furniture, or fixtures. School supplies also include computer software that has a taxable value of three hundred fifty dollars or less.

The term personal computers include a desktop, laptop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a display monitor, a storage drive, and a keyboard and other devices that are used in conjunction with a personal computer, such as memory module, compact disk drive, digitalizer, modem, microphone, motherboard, multimedia speaker, mouse, scanner, printer, single-user hardware, single-user operating system, video card, or sound card.  

The best way to save more during tax free weekend is to compare prices online before you take advantage of the sales tax holiday this summer vacation. It’s even possible that you’ll find greater savings by shopping outside sales tax holiday, so pay attention to sales ads and other sales circulars of your favorite retailers.

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