Monday, July 19, 2010

Sales tax holiday set for Aug. 6-8

Tennesseans who covet an iPad can take advantage of this year's sales tax holiday.

The popular computers are eligible for tax exemption while video games and consoles are not.

Dates for the fifth annual savings weekend are Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8. During those three days of savings, shoppers can save almost 10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer purchases.

The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 6, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 8, at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

"Last year's tax-free weekend was extremely successful in giving back to Tennesseans, providing nearly $8 million in tax savings to Tennessee families," said Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. "We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will enjoy the immediate relief of the 2010 Sales Tax Holiday."

The Sales Tax Holiday Web site is at

Tennessee's Department of Revenue can assist consumers via e-mail,, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line, (800) 342-1003.

In a continued effort to promote Tennessee's sales tax holiday, the Department of Revenue has launched a new dedicated facebook page at

Examples of exempt items include:


•School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors

•Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

•Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.) IPad's are eligible for tax exemption; video games and consoles are not.

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