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Sales tax holiday set for July 26-27

By Zack Steen

zsteen@dailycorinthian.com

Money cautious locals should wait a few more weeks before going back-to-school shopping.

Sales tax on select items will be waved during Mississippi's Sales Tax Holiday set to take place between 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 26 and 12 midnight Saturday, July 27 at all retail establishments across the Magnolia state.

Thanks to a new law passed by the legislature earlier this year even more items have been added to the sales tax exempt list.

According to Rep. Nick Bain (R-Corinth), the law passed eight years did not include school supplies. Beginning this year that all changes.

"The sales tax holiday has been a great way to help Mississippi families get items they need," said Bain, who was supportive of the law's passage during both the 2009 and 2019 legislative session. "It promotes shopping local and supports our Mississippi owned mom and pop businesses. My hope is that many people take advantage of this opportunity."

Bain said not only will Mississippians benefit from saved sales tax on clothing and footwear, but also school supplies.

"As this holiday has always catered to students, it can help everyone," he said. "I encourage everyone to shop during these days in Mississippi retail stores to save money."

The holiday is a temporary period when sales taxes are not collected or paid on purchases of specific products. Sales tax is not due on the sale of articles of clothing or footwear or school supplies if the sales prices of a single item is less than $100.

Mississippians who shop online can also benefit from no sales tax during the holiday.

Eligible items include, but are not limited to athletic socks, caps/hats, baby clothes, jerseys, belts, blouses, hiking/cowboy boots, bow ties, dresses, jackets and windbreakers, gym suits and uniforms, hooded shirts/sweatshirts, hosiery, jeans, jogging apparel, leotards and tights, neckwear and ties, pants, raincoats and ponchos, scarves, shoes, socks, suits, slacks and jackets, swimsuits, underclothes, undergarments, work clothes, work uniforms and workout clothes.

New items added this year to the tax exempt list include, but are not limited to backpacks, binders, calculators, clays and glazes, compasses, composition books, Crayons, dictionaries and thesauruses, dividers, erasers, folders (expandable, pocket, plastic and manila), glue, highlighters, index cards and index card boxes, legal pads, lunch boxes, markers, notebooks, paintbrushes for artwork, paints (acrylic, tempera and oil), paper (loose-leaf ruled notebook paper) copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, construction paper, pencil boxes and other school supply boxes, pencil sharpeners, pencils, pens, protractors, reference books, reference maps and globes, rulers, scissors, sheet music, sketch and drawing pads, textbooks, watercolors, workbooks and writing tablets.

Many stores also host back-to-school sales and specials during the two-day period.

Tennessee's sales tax holiday will take place during the same time period, but extend through Sunday, July 28. Exemptions apply to purchases of clothing ($100 or less per item), computers ($1,500 or less) and school and art supplies ($100 or less per item). Apparel that costs more than $100 remains taxable, as do items such as jewelry, handbags or sports and recreational equipment.

In Alabama, the holiday is one weekend prior to both Mississippi and Tennessee.

During Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, shoppers in Alabama can save on clothing ($100 or less per item), computers (single purchase up to $750), school supplies, art supplies or school instructional materials ($50 or less per item) and books ($30 or less per item).