Tennessee announces two tax-free weekends for school supplies, restaurant sales

Tennessee announces two tax-free weekends for school supplies, restaurant sales
Clothings, school supplies and electronics are some of the items included in the tax-free holidays.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Tennessee General Assembly has approved two separate sales tax holiday weekends.

During this time, specific goods can be purchased tax-free.

The first tax-free weekend focuses on clothing and back-to-school items, according to a press release.

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It will begin at 12:01 a.m. July 31 and end August 2 at 11:59 p.m.

During this weekend, clothing, school supplies, computers and qualifying electronic devices will be tax-free.

Certain price restrictions apply, according to the press release.

Tax-exempt items sold online are also eligible. Items must be for personal use, not for business or trade.

Exempt clothing includes general apparel that costs $200 or less per item, like shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.

Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split to stay beneath the $200 maximum, according to the press release.

Items like jewelry, handbags and sports/recreational equipment are not tax-exempt.

School and art supplies with a purchase price less than $200 or less per item, like binders, books, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, art supplies (glazes, paints, clay, drawing pads, paintbrushes) are tax-exempt.

School and art supplies individually priced at more than $200 are not tax-exempt.

School supplies that are normally sold together cannot be split to stay beneath the $200 maximum, according to the press release.

Exempt electronic items include:

Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $3,000 or less

Tablets, smartphones and electronic readers with a purchase price of $3,000 or less

Televisions and video game consoles with a purchase price of $3,000 or less

Non-exempt electronics include:

Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs

Individually purchased software

Printer supplies

Household appliances

The second tax-free holiday weekend will focus on restaurants.

It begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 7 and ends August 9 at 11:59 p.m, according to the press release.

During this weekend, the retail sale of food and drink by restaurants and limited-service restaurants will be exempt from sales tax.