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.