Tennessee shoppers hit the stores for tax free weekend

NASHVILLE (WATE) – Tennessee’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday will be August 7 though August 9 this year.

The event is held each year beginning at 12:01 a.m. in the first Friday in August and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, people will not pay state or local sales tax on clothing, school or art supplies that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

“We hope Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief offered by this year’s sales tax holiday,” Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said.

More online: Which items qualify?

The cost of school supplies

Knox County Schools start on Monday. With the sales tax holiday in full swing many shoppers are out trying to save some money on back to school supplies. The back to school section at Target Northshore Town Center was packed.

How much does it actually cost to buy all those items on the school supplies list? WATE 6 On Your Side went to target with a first grade list from Northshore Elementary School.

The list included everything from zip lock baggies, ear buds to hand sanitizer. However, when checking-out we were hit with a little bit of sticker shock. The total amount owed was $110.34 for everything.

Most parents said the price is something they expect. “Counting back packs and everything you’re looking several hundred dollars by the time we buy everything,” said Patty Denton.

Elizabeth Gallagher said the cost of school supplies can add up when parents have to double or triple costs for more children. “So far we’ve spent several hundred just for three of them,” said Gallagher.

That’s why many say they wait to brave the crowds for tax free weekend. They say the ten percent savings can make a big difference.


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