State’s sales tax holiday runs Friday-Sunday | News

Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday begins on Friday and runs through Sunday, Aug. 6. During this time, the state sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases, including school supplies, personal computers and some clothing.

“The annual sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to get some or all of your back-to-school shopping under way and save some money,” said Joel Walters, director of the Missouri Department of Revenue.

For instance, in Houston, the sales tax rate will be 3.375 percent — which is absent the state sales tax.

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

• Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

• School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

• Personal computers that don’t cost more than $1,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $1,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse,…

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