A favorite holiday for Tennessee shoppers is this weekend, and many local personnel are expecting a big turnout.
The annual Sales Tax Holiday allows for tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers. It kicks off at 12:01 a.m. Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
Shoppers will flock to various shopping outlets for savings of up to 10 percent, including many places in Wilson County, which thrills local officials.
“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the holiday and make sure they spend money in Wilson County,” said Sue Vanatta, Wilson County Chamber of Commerce president.
Vanatta said money spent in Wilson County would help the county prosper and help the efforts of public authorities such as WEMA.
“It’s good for local business, and we always seem to have good weekends,” Vanatta said.
“It’s a great way to help families to save money on expenses for sending children back to school,” said Mark Hinesley, Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce president. “People have been looking forward to making purchases and taking advantage of saving money from not having to pay sales tax.”
Tax-free items include school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less. Clothing with a price of $100 or less per item is also tax-free, and that has some local businesses gearing up.
“You’d expect people to be at the big malls and shopping centers, but we’ve always been really busy,” said Maci Archer, owner of The Pink Cactus. She said she has prepped her staff on what to expect this weekend and has even added an extra worker to help with the crowds. Archer is planning even more business by having a Pink Cactus store sale coinciding with the Sales Tax Holiday. “We’ll have Miss Me jeans for $99, and they’re buy one, get one half-off.”
All items related to school are not tax-free, however. Some of the popular items that are not tax-exempt include: individual computer parts, compact disks and USB flash drives, computer printers and supplies, instructional material and video game consoles.
Other rules apply for the Sales Tax Holiday. If a customer orders an eligible item not in stock, the item remains tax-free upon delivery. Splitting items that are normally sold together in order to fall under the sales price threshold is prohibited.
However, do not let certain rules spoil your shopping opportunities.
Tennesseans have enjoyed tax savings of $8 to $10 million each year since the first Sales Tax Holiday in 2006.
If you are unsure about certain items or want more information and a complete list of eligible items visit, tn.gov/revenue/salestaxholiday.