Tennessee’s Tax-Free Weekend Is Almost Upon Us

Posted by Holly Whitfield | August 3rd 2015 4644 0

Updated July 2017

Taxes are one of life’s great certainties, unless it’s Tennessee’s annual state-wide sales tax holiday.

Memphis is Tennessee, Memphis, Tenn.

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.

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. Cat R says:



    I love the Tennessee cups pictured in your "Tax Free Weekend" article. Any idea where I can purchase those??




    • Holly Whitfield says:

      That photo was taken in 2012 at Booksellers at Laurelwood; I’m not sure if they still have them or not. I’m glad you like them, though!

  2. […] Tennessee’s Tax-Free Weekend Is Almost Upon Us […]

  3. Lot's of local businesses are running promotions this weekend as well, even if their items or services don't qualify for "tax free" status. Pavo Salon on Grove Park is offering it's Aveda Pure Privilege members an EXTRA double points weekend along with a Spa Special! Aveda only does two double points weekend annually, so this is a real bonus! The Spa special is great…For $40 purchased that day they can receive an hour facial or massage to use at a later date. The card will expire 12/31/14. Spread the word! These guys LOVE MEMPHIS and work tirelessly in our community to raise awareness, support our local owners when you're out shopping this weekend!!! 


  4. A Taylor says:

    Do you know if the tax free weekend is supported by Amazon.com?

  5. C Cokkinias says:

    If a computer costs $2000, will the tax free be up to 1500 or do you have to flat out stay less than $1500?

  6. C Cokkinias says:

    Never mind……I got my answer…..if you go over $1500 for computer, you have to pay all the tax

  7. Matt Barnwell says:

    Holly – wheres the mural of Memphis is Tennessee ?   Thanks.

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