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  • Writer's pictureStephen H Akin

Tax Free Shopping Ahead

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Every year we look forward to the opportunity to purchase many of the necessary items for returning to school TAX FREE!

  • State sales tax rate: 7%

  • Average combined state and local sales tax rate: 7.07%

  • Dates of sales tax holiday: July 30 to 31, 2021

Mississippi's back-to-school sales tax holiday is on July 30 and July 31 this year. The sales tax exemption applies to clothing, footwear, and school supplies with a sales price of $100 or less. However, accessories such as jewelry, handbags, wallets, watches, and the like don't qualify for the exemption. A list of tax exempt and taxable items can be found on the Mississippi Department of Revenue's website.

  • State sales tax rate: 6%

  • Average combined state and local sales tax rate: 7.47%

  • Dates of sales tax holiday: August 6 to 8, 2021

Shoppers in South Carolina should plan to buy their back-to-school gear from August 6 to August 8, 2021. That's when they can avoid paying sales tax on purchases of clothing, footwear, accessories, school supplies, computers, software, printers, and certain bed and bath supplies. The exemption does not, however, apply to sales of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, or any item to be used in a trade or business. The rental of clothing or footwear is taxable, too. Additional examples of items that are both exempt and taxable items during the sales tax holiday are posted on the South Carolina Department of Revenue's website

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