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Missouri and Arkansas Have Sales Tax Holidays This Weekend

Missouri and Arkansas will give shoppers a break on sales taxes this weekend - in time for back-to-school shopping.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's annual back to school sales tax holiday begins this Friday, Aug. 2 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4.   (Information on Arkansas' sales tax holiday is below)

During this weekend, the state sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases, including school supplies, personal computers and some clothing. Local governments can also participate in the holiday and increase the savings for shoppers during the holiday.  Many communities have opted NOT to participate, however.

"The annual sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to get some or all of your back-to-school shopping under way and save some money," said John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "When local governments participate in the holiday, the savings can add up to as much as 8 or 9 percent."

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

    Clothing - any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about the human body. The term shall include but not be limited to cloth and other material used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. Items normally sold in pairs shall not be separated to qualify for the exemption. The term shall not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, or belt buckles.

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

    Personal computers - a laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, a display monitor, and a keyboard and devices designed for use in conjunction with a personal computer, such as a disk drive, memory module, compact disk drive, daughterboard, digitalizer, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, multimedia speaker, printer, scanner, single-user hardware, single-user operating system, soundcard, or video card.

You do not have to be a student or be purchasing for a student to take advantage of the tax break.

More information and a list of cities, counties and districts that are NOT participating in the sales tax holiday can be found on the Missouri Department of Revenue's website.

Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday Set For August 3-4

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas will hold its annual sales tax holiday, beginning Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and ending Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

A sales tax holiday is a temporary period when state and local sales taxes are not collected or paid on the purchase of certain products.

The holiday exemption for clothing is limited to single articles with a price of less than one hundred dollars ($100). Items priced at one hundred dollars ($100) or more are subject to the full state and local sales tax.

Clothes, shoes, makeup, and school supplies under $100 are all tax free that weekend, but that's not all.  School art supplies are also covered, jewelry, wallets and even wigs are included.

Download a list of items that qualify for the sales tax break in Arkansas  

Answers to questions
about Arkansas' sales tax holiday  
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