JOPLIN, Mo. – It’s time for the 2021 back-to-school tax-free weekend. The sales tax holiday runs from Friday, August 6 to Sunday, August 8. You can learn more about the holiday in Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas below.
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, certain back-to-school purchases are exempt from Missouri’s 4.225% sales tax for this time period only.
Shoppers will get sales tax exemption on the following items:
- Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
- School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
- Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
- Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
- Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
- Graphing calculators – not to exceed $150
Some cities will not participate in the 2021 sales tax holiday, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. City sales tax in these locations will still be collected on the sale of qualifying holiday items.
Some cities in southwest Missouri that will not participate in the sales tax holiday:
- Eldorado Springs
Oklahoma’s 2021 sales tax holiday is August 6, 7 and 8th.
What items are exempt and what items are not exempt from Oklahoma’s sales tax holiday?
Sales of any article of clothing or footwear designed to be worn on or about the human body and the sales price of the article is less than one hundred dollars are exempt. This does not apply to the sale of any accessories, special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use that is not normally worn except when used for athletic activity or protective use, or to the rental of clothing or footwear.
Any special clothing or footwear that is primarily designed for an athletic activity or protective use that is not normally worn except when used for athletic activity or protective use for which it is designed. Accessories including jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and other similar items carried on or about the human body, without regard to whether worn on the body in a manner characteristic of clothing are considered taxable. The rental of clothing or footwear is also taxable.
Some states do not have these tax-free shopping holidays. But, within those states, like Kansas, some organizations and governments still host a Sales Tax Holiday.
In southeast Kansas, the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce organizes a chance for shoppers to save money. This year, it’s from August 6 and 7, 2021.
- Angie Dawn’s Boutique
- Bids & Dibs
- Hedgehog.INK Bookstore
- J & W Sport Shop
- Ruddick’s Furniture & Floor Coverings
- Shirt Shack
- Sunshine Boutique (Sunshine Boutique will be open 8/8)
- Treasure Hunt Flea Market
These retailers will be offering a Sales Tax Holiday by volunteering to pay the sales tax for shoppers. Customers can get a 9.4% discount this weekend.
“These stores offer a variety of merchandise including apparel, home furnishings, and décor – both new and repurposed school supplies, and much more. There is no need to cross the border during this No Sales Tax Holiday Weekend. Save money, shop local, shop, Fort Scott.” – Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
You can contact (620) 223-3566 with questions.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday August 7, 2021, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday August 8, 2021, the State of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain Electronic Devices, School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and Clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.
The state requires all retailers to participate. They can’t charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.