Your Guide to Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 2nd 2011 2668 0

Updated July 2017

It’s that most wonderful weekend of the year, at least for those of us who need new clothes, a new computer and some school supplies and are a little short on cash.

Photo by Martha Soukup, CC licensed

Photo by Martha Soukup, via Flickr (CC licensed)

This weekend is Tennessee’s sales tax holiday, our annual reprieve from the state’s 9.25% sales tax – at least, on certain items.

The sales tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. on July 28th and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30th. Some stores have extended their hours, so you may want to call before you shop. If you want to beat the crowds, I recommend going during the day on Friday or later on Sunday.

Here’s what’s exempt from sales tax this weekend:

Clothing ($100 or less): shirts, shoes, jeans, skirts, school uniforms, sneakers, jackets, undies – if it’s less than $100 per item, it’s tax-free. This does not include make-up, sports gear, watches, backpacks, purses or anything you’d use to make your own clothing.

School Supplies ($100 or less): Stock up on pens, pencils, notebooks, loose leaf paper, markers, basic art supplies, folders and backpacks. Careful, though – blank CDs, discs, printer supplies, planners and flash drives don’t count as school supplies in the eyes of the state.

Computers ($1500 or less): If you don’t go too crazy, the computer you buy this weekend could be tax-free. Laptops and desktops are eligible, but super smart phones and computer parts (keyboards, mice, etc.) aren’t included.

FYI, Mississippi Tax Free weekend 2017 runs the same dates and times this year, but there are different restrictions and computers are not included. Arkansas Tax Free weekend 2017 is August 5 and 6. Read more.

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. someone says:

    iPads actually *ARE* included…

  2. JasonB says:

    fyi, per the Apple store in Germantown, the iPad is included in the tax-free weekend.

  3. ashley says:

    Are used/consignment clothing items included? Plato’s Closet? Goodwill?

  4. cecil says:

    used cloths are never taxed

  5. Dawn says:

    Yes Goodwill is included. I don’t know about Plato’s but i would assume

  6. Rebecca says:

    Twice As Nice in Clarksville will be tax free this Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

  7. help says:

    So, if i buy my mac book on tax free weekend, is the education discount avaliable?

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