Tennessee’s Tax-Free Weekend Is Almost Upon Us
Updated July 2017
Taxes are one of life’s great certainties, unless it’s Tennessee’s annual state-wide sales tax holiday.
Tennessee’s tax holiday is a glorious three-day period (held annually on the final weekend in July) where our 9.25 percent state sales tax isn’t applied to a bunch of practical, back-to-school type items.
This year’s holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, July 28, and ends on Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. If you have questions about exactly what is exempt, go here.
Let’s go over the rules of what you can (and can’t) get tax-free:
– Clothing: All clothing items that are $100 or less are tax-free. This includes socks, underwear, hats and shoes, but not accessories like jewelry, bags, or sports equipment.
– School and art supplies: Go crazy at the Office Depot, because all basic school supplies (paper, pens, markers, notebooks, etc.) and art supplies are tax-exempt.
– Computers: Computers and tablets that cost less than $1500 are tax-free. However, you still have to pay taxes on printers, computer parts, e-readers and video game consoles.
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.
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.