Washington County & Potosi – Back-To-School Savings Available During Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 2-4 - The Independent-Journal: Coming Events

Washington County & Potosi – Back-To-School Savings Available During Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 2-4

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Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 3:56 pm

SHOPPERS - Check the Dept. of Revenue’s website to see what cities, counties and political subdivisions have waved their taxes for the “Holiday”. There are several in the area that will be collecting sales tax.

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday begins on Friday, Aug. 2nd and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4th. During this time, the state sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases, including school supplies, personal computers and some clothing. Local governments can also participate in the holiday and increase the savings for shoppers during the holiday.

The City of Potosi and Washington County have announced they will be participating in the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

“The annual sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to get some or all of your back-to-school shopping under way and save some money,” said Joel Walters, Director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. “When local governments participate in the holiday, the savings can add up to as much as 8 or 9 percent.”

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

• Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

• School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

• Personal computers that don’t cost more than $1,500 and computer peripheral devices that don’t exceed $1,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.

The sales tax exemption is commonly referred to as the Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday because it occurs near the beginning of the traditional school year for most students. Any person -- including those who live outside of the state of Missouri – who makes a qualified purchase may participate in the holiday. An individual does not have to be a student or be purchasing for a student to participate.

More info. and a list of cities, counties and districts that have opted out can be accessed at Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday 2019.

Not participating in our area this year are Iron, St. Francois and Ste. Genevieve Counties as well as some municipalities. Be sure to ask before you spend!

The link to the Missouri Department of Revenue back to school tax free weekend is https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/

Here you can find information on what is tax free and what is not and a list of counties/cities that are or are not participating!

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