5 Non School Items to Buy During Tax Free Weekend

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This year, tax free weekend is earlier than usual. Recent legislation changed the date of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday from the first weekend in August to the last weekend in July.

The new law did not change any other aspects of the sales tax holiday. As in prior years, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school and art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less. The tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 am on Friday, July 29 and ends Sunday, July 31 at 11:59 pm.

Popular tax free weekend items usually include school supplies, clothing and laptops, but here are five things that you may not have considered buying during the tax free weekend, but definitely should.

Baby items–  Included on the tax free list are diapers, clothing, and blankets.

Halloween costumes- The hardest part about buying a Halloween costume in July is getting your child to commit to a character, but if you can get them to commit, buy your costume now and save money.

Office Supplies – While you may be focused on gathering your child’s school supplies, don’t forget to stock up on any of your office needs. Pens, paper, markers, poster board, including any everything essential used in your office is included in the tax free weekend.

Clothing – Not just back to school clothing, but all clothing under $100 is included in the tax free weekend.  If you are looking for that item for your fall wardrobe or a piece to complete your work wardrobe, winter coats or gloves, this is the time to purchase it. You can even purchase a wedding gown tax free as long as it is under $100 but the veil is not included on the tax free list.

Boots– Boots are included in the tax free weekend event, including winter boots, hiking boots and rain boots. Ski boots are not included. Any shoe that is under $100 qualifies to be tax free this weekend.

Here is the list of items not included this weekend.

Helmets, jewelry, printer ink, sewing equipment, cosmetics, fabric, goggles, handbags, hard hats,  cleats, ballet or tap shoes, roller skates, school instructional material, reference books and maps.  smart phones, sport or recreational equipment, sunglasses, telephones, thread, thumb drives, tool belts, umbrellas, video game consoles, wallets, watches, welder’s gloves, westsuits, yarn, and zippers.