365 Things to Do in Memphis #212: Shop Tax Free in Tennessee

Posted by Holly Whitfield | July 30th 2012 2845 0

Updated July 2017

Forget the day after Thanksgiving – this weekend is the best weekend to go shopping in Tennessee. Assignment #212 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to stock up on office supplies, clothes and computers during Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday.

Tax, Memphis, Tenn.

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend is July 28 – 30, 2017 (starting at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m.) For those three glorious days, the 9.25 percent state sales tax is forgiven on certain items.

Here’s what you can buy tax free starting Friday:


– School / Office / Art Supplies: School and office supplies that are $100 or less are tax free. This includes (but is not limited to) things like pens, paper, binders, markers, folders, paint, sketchbooks, tape, backpacks and binders.

– Computers: But only ones that are $1500 or less. You’ll still have to pay tax on hard drives, video games, software, smart phones and e-readers.

– Clothing: As long as it’s $100 or less, your clothing purchases are tax free. That includes things like shoes, underwear, and coats.

For more information about the 2017 sales tax holiday including which items are included and which are exempt, consult the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

FYI, Mississippi Tax Free weekend 2017 runs the same dates and times this year, but there aredifferent 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. Actually tablets are exempt, just not e-readers. =)

  2. Reuben – Thanks. I fixed it. I swear I can read.


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