Families with students heading back to school soon can take advantage of an upcoming sales tax holiday.
The annual holiday is Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4, during which time state sales tax will not be charged on purchases such as school supplies, some clothing and personal computers, according to a news release from the Missouri Department of Revenue.
In addition to state sales tax, some counties and cities choose to suspend their sales taxes during the holiday. Dallas County opted not to participate, but the city of Buffalo is, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website.
Nearby counties such as Greene, Camden, Polk and Webster also are not participating, but Hickory and Laclede counties are. Area cities not participating include Bolivar, Fair Grove, Halfway, Marshfield and Springfield.
School supplies that fall under the holiday tax break include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. Each eligible school supplies purchase cannot exceed $50. Items that are not included as standard classroom supplies include watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop telephones, copiers and other office equipment, furniture or fixtures. Computer software is considered a school supply and is covered by the tax holiday as long as its cost is less than $350.
Eligible clothing, which cannot cost more than $100, includes any article of wearing apparel, including footwear and disposable diapers, intended to be worn on or about the human body, according to the website. Material to make school uniforms or other school clothing also is included. Accessories such as watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles are not included as eligible clothing items.
For personal computers to be eligible, they cannot cost more than $1,500. Laptops, desktops or tower computer systems with related devices are included. Computer peripheral devices cannot exceed $1,500 and include items such as disk drives, memory modules, CD drives, daughterboards, digitizers, microphones, modems, motherboards, mice, speakers, printers, scanners, single-user hardware, single-user operating systems, sound cards and video cards.
Graphing calculators also are eligible for the tax break but cannot exceed $150.
Anyone — including non-Missouri residents — can participate in the holiday. Consumers do not have to be a student or purchase items for a student in order to participate.
For more information about the tax holiday, go to dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/.