Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays

TN: Two different sales tax holidays will help give Tennesseans a break in their wallets. The first is the annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, held on the last weekend of July. The second is the Grocery sales tax holiday, which begins Aug. 1.

The back-to-school sales tax holiday, clothing and school supplies, including some electronics like personal computers, have no sales tax added to the total at the register, saving Tennesseans upwards of 10% of their total costs for these necessary items. The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Jul. 28, ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jul. 30. Items that will be tax-free during the weekend include
General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc., and School and art supplies for $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies like glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes. Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less. Laptop and tablet computers are priced at $1,500 or less. Items not included in the tax-free weekend include apparel priced at more than $100, jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment. Items sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum. Storage media like flash drives are also not included in the tax-free sale, as are printer supplies, individually purchased software, and household appliances. According to the state, items sold online also qualify for the sales tax holiday.

The second sales tax exemption holiday is for food. Grocery Sales Tax Holiday After that sales tax holiday, Tennesseans can save money on food items when a three-month-long sales tax holiday kicks in. The new sales tax holiday was passed as part of the Tennessee Works Act, signed into law by Gov. Bill Lee earlier this year. The bill funded $273 million for the one-time, three-month suspension of the sales tax on food and food ingredients. According to the Tennessee Department of Revenue, food and food ingredients are “liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and consumed for their taste or nutritional value.” Those items will have their sales tax waived from 12:01 Aug. 1 through 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.


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