Back-to-School Tax Holiday Begins in Missouri

4 years 9 months 2 weeks ago August 03, 2012 Aug 3, 2012 Friday, August 03 2012 Friday, August 03, 2012 4:09:00 AM CDT in News
By: Joe Chiodo

MISSOURI - Shoppers will receive some relief on certain items starting Friday for Missouri's Back-to-School Tax Holiday.

The tax-free holiday begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Specific back-to-school items will have the state 4.225% sales tax waived. Other participating city, county and district sales taxes will also be waived.

Tax free eligible items include clothing less than $100, school supplies not exceeding $50 per item, and computers and computer accessories less than $3,500.

KOMU 8 News spoke with the assistant manager of the Staples store on Conley Road in Columbia about the holiday weekend.  He said the store received a lot of business Friday, but he expects it to shoot up over the weekend.  

Rebecca Burke-Aguero, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, said she uses the weekend to buy school supplies every year. 

"It definitely encourages people to go today as opposed to come other time cause school supplies are so expensive it's good to have at least a little bit of relief," she said.

In addition to the state waived sales tax, Randolph, Pettis, Miller and Gasconade counties will be waiving their county sales taxes. Mid-Missouri counties not waiving the county sales taxes include Boone, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Saline, Audrain, Cole, and Callaway. 

Columbia, Jefferson City, Boonville, Fulton, and Sedalia will not be waiving city sales tax for the holiday.

For more information and a full list of counties, cities, and districts participating and what items are eligible, click here

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