Missouri’s sales tax holiday every year is stock-up time for families making back-to-school purchases. It begins this weekend at midnight Friday, Aug. 2, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4.
However, not all local communities participate and not all items are exempt from sales taxes during the period. For example, in St. Charles County St. Peters will continue to collect sales tax over the weekend.
The sales tax exemption applies to clothing under $100, including footwear. Watches, jewelry, purses, umbrellas, headbands, and ties are not included in the exemption.
School supplies below $50 are exempt. That means textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing supplies, art materials, rulers, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps, and globes won’t be charged tax. Most electronics and office equipment aren’t included–radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, telephones, copiers and office furniture.
Big ticket items that won’t have sales taxes include personal and laptop computer and their peripheral devices. The exemption is up to $3,500. Software for those computers is exempt up to $350.
More information about items are covered and what aren’t can be found at http://dor.mo.gov/.