COLUMBIA - For the seventh straight year, the state sales tax on some back-to-school items has been dropped for a weekend. Starting Friday and running through Sunday, the state has waived its sales tax on clothes, school supplies, and some computers. But some cities and counties are opting out of the sales tax-free weekend and keeping their taxes in place. Shoppers searching for tax-free deals in Columbia will be exempt from the state sales tax--4.225%--but they'll still have to pay the local tax--3.325%--in Columbia and Boone County.
One dozen counties in mid-Missouri will not be participating in this year's sales tax holiday. Those include: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Linn, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Phelps, and Saline counties. Many cities will also be opting out of the holiday including: Ashland, Boonville, California, Camdenton, Columbia, Eldon, Fayette, Fulton, Jefferson City, Kingdom City, Moberly, Montgomer City, Osage Beach, and Sedalia.
However, mid Missourians can still find some truly tax-free deals during the tax-free weekend in Macon. Mexico, Hallsville, Centralia and Holt's Summit will not collect city tax, but their counties will.
Other counties in mid-Missouri with no tax this weekend are: Chariton, Gasconade, Macon, Maries, Miller, Monroe, Montgomery, Pettis, and Randolph.
Items qualifying for the state sales tax free holidy are: individual clothing items less than $100, school supply purchases totaling less than $50, software purchases under $350, and computers less than $3,500.