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Back to school: Sales tax holiday coming up
by Jebb Johnston
Jul 22, 2013 | 52 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Parents can stock up on school clothing from socks to rain hats with a break on sales tax this weekend.

It is the fifth year that Mississippi will offer a sales tax holiday to give parents a little relief in expenses as they get ready for the upcoming school year. The tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday night.

The exempt items are the same as those eligible in prior years — clothing and footwear items meant to be worn next to the body and costing less than $100 per item. School supplies and computers are not included.

While general clothing items are eligible, accessories are not — jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches and backpacks are all subject to sales tax. Also specifically excluded from the holiday are cleats and items worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity.

Mississippi’s sales tax holiday comes a bit earlier than those in neighboring states. Tennessee and Alabama both offer three-day breaks, from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4, with additional eligible items. Tennessee includes computer purchases up to $1,500 and school supplies costing up to $100.

Alabama extends the holiday to computer purchases of $750 or less and school supplies costing $50 or less per item.

A few Mississippi cities opted not to participate — Crenshaw, Enterprise and Heidelberg.

A detailed listing of eligible and non-eligible items is available at www.dor.ms.gov.
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