The Next Missouri Tax Free Weekend Is Just Days Away!

The state's Back to School Sales Tax Holiday offers tax exemptions on clothes, computers, graphing calculators, and more.
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More than a dozen states have annual tax free weekends — also known as sales tax holidays. They give you the chance to buy back-to-school essentials sans sales tax, and some states include Energy Star and disaster prep items, too.

Missouri residents can score last-minute back-to-school savings in early August. Read on to learn what to expect from this tax free weekend.

When Is the Next Missouri Tax Free Weekend?

This year, Missouri's back-to-school tax holiday kicks off at 12:01 am local time on August 2. It runs through 11:59 pm on August 4.

Missouri has a tax holiday in April for energy-efficient appliances and one in August for back-to-school items.

Missouri also holds a Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday, which allows customers to buy qualifying Energy Star appliances without any sales tax. This tax holiday typically occurs around Earth Day in April and lasts for a week.

What Items Qualify for Missouri Tax Free Shopping?

Missouri exempts these categories of items during its back-to-school tax holiday:

Cloth and other materials that can be used to make school uniforms or other school clothing is also exempt.

SEE ALSO: When Is Your State's Tax Free Weekend in 2019?

Additionally, Missouri defines school supplies as "any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes," and provides some examples.

What Items Aren't Eligible for Missouri Tax Free Status?

Clothing accessories like watches, scarves, ties, and belt buckles will still be taxed, as will CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, any sort of telephone, and office equipment.

Missouri would also like you to know that adding machine tape, camera film, iPods, MP3 players, and VHS tapes aren't eligible for the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday.

More Missouri Tax Holiday Tips

Missouri localities may choose whether they'll participate in the sales tax holiday, and must declare if they won't at least 45 days before the beginning of the next holiday. The Missouri Department of Revenue publishes lists of localities that don't participate.

Internet purchases qualify for the tax exemption, as long as you pay for the items during the holiday.

Internet purchases qualify for the exemption, as long as you pay for the item during the holiday. The item doesn't need to ship during the exempt period.

Additionally, Missouri teachers forced to purchase classroom supplies with their own paycheck qualify for the sales tax exemption during the holiday.

For more details, visit the Missouri DOR website.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Sean is a freelance writer and photojournalist working in the Hampton Roads region. He has been a writer, adventure motorcyclist, drag racer, data nerd, shade-tree mechanic, and tornado chaser. Recommend good beers to him on Twitter at @wxgeek.
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