Tennessee’s grocery tax holiday begins

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee’s grocery tax holiday, the suspension of grocery tax for the entire month of August, has begun.

This comes just as parents get ready to send their kids back to school and right off the tax-free weekend for back-to-school supplies.

“Prices are high, gas is high, inflation is high, how can we provide relief to Tennesseans?,” said Governor Bill Lee at a Friday media conference.

A new month is bringing a new holiday to Tennessee - a cheaper grocery bill.

“We looked at different opportunities to do that and we thought back to school starting a weekend of clothing and computers and back to school supplies followed by a month-long suspension of sales tax of groceries would be the best way to provide relief,” said Lee.

Starting Aug. 1, you can save on produce, dairy, and any other item that rings up as a grocery.

Memphis Senator Raumesh Akbari said it was a no-brainer when it came time to vote on this.

“This definitely had bipartisan support, it’s something my caucus proposed during the session and fortunately Governor Lee decided to fund it,” she said.

She said it’s something that will benefit families across Memphis.

“Groceries are so expensive and if they’re able to have some sort of relief, we hope they take advantage of that. It won’t be life-changing, but it will be a help,” said Akbari.

There are some exceptions to this tax that includes alcoholic beverages, prepared food, and candy.