Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Take That, Taxman! What You Can (and Can't) Buy This Tax-Free Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 5:45 AM

In case you didn't know, this weekend is Tax-Free Weekend in Tennessee. Officially known as the Sales Tax Holiday, this annual event is meant to give back-to-schoolers a bit of a break as they (or, rather, their parents) gather supplies for the upcoming school year. Hence, there are restrictions as to what is available sans tax.

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According to the state's Department of Revenue, the tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, Aug. 3, and ends Sunday, Aug. 5, at 11:59 p.m. Items that are included are as follows:

Clothing ($100 or less): belts, caps, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, hosiery (people still wear that?!?!), jackets, jeans, neckties, pants, scarves, school uniforms, shirts, shoes, socks, sneakers and underwear.

School & Art Supplies ($100 or less):
binders, book bags/backpacks, calculators, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, lunchboxes, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, tape, clay and glazes, paints, paintbrushes, sketch and drawing pads and watercolors.

Computers ($1,500 or less): Specifically, computers that are not for use in a trade or business. Oh, and "computer" means a central processing unit including a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cables to connect components and preloaded software.

OK, so now we know what is included. But what is not included is more interesting.

For clothing, belts are covered, but belt buckles aren't if they're sold separately. Sorry, budding country stars. Underwear is included but it doesn't say anything about bras, so I guess we're freeballing it, ladies! You can buy shoes, but not ballet shoes, tap shoes, or cleated/spiked athletic shoes. Gloves do not include ones that are used for baseball, boxing or golf. You can't buy parts for your computer without purchasing an entire new CPU. Oh, and iPads are included, so you'll probably want to start camping outside the Apple Store on Wednesday.

But what really pisses me off is that "diskettes" are not included. I guess I'll have to buy $99.99 worth of chalk to amuse myself.

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