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Sales Tax Holiday set Aug. 5-7

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

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Tennessee's sixth annual Sales Tax Holiday falls a full week after school begins for students throughout Dyer County.

The initiative, scheduled Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7, allows Tennessee shoppers to waive sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

Although local schools will begin before the Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled, families with students in the Dyersburg and Dyer County school systems can still take advantage of the tax-free initiative.

"We certainly will make concessions for students who need to wait until the no-tax weekend (to purchase their supplies)," said Dyer County Schools Secondary Supervisor and Special Ed Director Cheryl Mathis. "We also have a Family Resource Center to support the students if they have need of clothing or school supplies."

"The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind," said Gov. Bill Haslam in a recent press release sent out by the Tennessee Department of Revenue. "(The holiday provides) savings for families, especially as students begin to prepare for the upcoming school year."

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers 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.

Examples of items exempt from sales tax during the holiday include:

* Clothing - Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms (includes athletic or non-athletic), scarves

* School Supplies - Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers, scissors

* Art Supplies - Clay and glazes, acrylic, tempera and oil paints, paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, watercolors

* Computers - Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software

(Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.)

iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for tax exemption, while video games and consoles are not.

"As in years past, last year's tax-free weekend was very successful, providing Tennessee taxpayers nearly $8.6 million in tax savings," said Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. "We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief provided by the 2011 Sales Tax Holiday."

Those interested in more information may visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax.

The Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail, Salestax.Holiday@TN.gov, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line, (800) 342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. Out-of-state and Nashville-area callers are requested to dial (615) 253-0600.

To learn more about the Department of Revenue, log on to www.TN.gov/ revenue.


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Gee thanks, school will already be in session and all the supplies, clothing and computer purchases for school will have already been made. I for one will not wait, I am not sending my kids to school empty handed with old clothes for a week just because the state wants to do a tax holiday at an inopportune time. And for the parents who are in possitions to which they have to wait, this is not fair to the kids. Yea, it's a good thing, but it's a slap in the face if you are going to do it - do it BEFORE school actually starts. Because you can't really call it helping family's buy for school if you don't. Geez, politicains.

-- Posted by raspberrie on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 9:25 AM

well some parents cant afford new clothes every school year. some parents have 2 wait until the tax free weekend to buy all the stuff. some parents unlike u do not spoil their kids with brand new clothes every year. through most of my high school i didnt have any new clothes. i wore the same jeans shoes socks ect. at least until i could get one or 2 pieces of clothing during this weekend sale. so quit ur griping. so what if gthis is a week after school starts. not every school in tennessee started this week. so go blow ur money and let those less fortunate than u take advantage of this weekend.

-- Posted by onehappylady on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 7:15 PM

Annnnnd I said:

"And for the parents who are in possitions to which they have to wait, this is not fair to the kids. Yea, it's a good thing, but it's a slap in the face if you are going to do it - do it BEFORE school actually starts. Because you can't really call it helping family's buy for school if you don't. Geez, politicains."

Which you would have understood "if" you had actually read my post. And just for the record, I work for a living. It is not easy work, but I do it so that I can provide for my kids. And I "could" spend my money on other things, but I put my kids "FIRST" in my life so get off my case and focus on YOURSELF!!!

-- Posted by raspberrie on Sat, Jul 30, 2011, at 11:03 AM

And further more, I didn't have a "golden" childhood either; lots of people didn't. But the difference here is that most people, like myself, will do whatever they have to so that their kids don't have to worry about such things and can focus on their education. What now grouchy lady? No comment? Cat got your tounge?

-- Posted by raspberrie on Sat, Jul 30, 2011, at 11:06 AM


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