Tennessee tax free weekend

It's that time of year again. This weekend Tennessee retailers won't collect sales tax on more than 150 different items during the 13th annual sales tax holiday. Not a student or in-state resident? Don't put your wallets away just yet, the Department of Revenue says. The department wants shoppers to know the weekend of savings is open to everyone and is not exclusive to students or Tennesseans.

1. When is it?

The state's annual sales tax holiday is held every year during the last weekend in July. This year's window begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 27, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 29. During that time period, you can purchase certain goods tax free.

2. What items are exempt?

As students prepare for the back-to-school season, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on clothing, supplies and computers. State and local taxes will not be collected on clothing, school and school art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

School supplies include items such as backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils, binders, notebooks, glue and scissors. As for clothing, most types of apparel are tax free like jeans, jackets, blouses and other "general use" items.

3. What types of items are not tax-free?

The holiday does not exempt accessories such as handbags, cosmetics, sunglasses, jewelry, gloves and sports and recreation equipment. Additionally, items like cell phones, video consoles and controllers and watches will all include tax.

4. Can I find tax free deals online?

Yes. According to the department, qualified items sold by mail, telephone, e-mail or Internet will count for the sales tax exemption. The customer must order and pay for the item during the holiday.

You can find a full list of exempt and non-exempt items here and here.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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