Summer is in full swing, but more than a dozen states are already preparing to host tax free weekends for Back to School. These events are also known as sales tax holidays, and give shoppers the opportunity to buy essentials for the school year sans sales tax. Some states even include Energy Star appliances and disaster preparedness items!
Missouri residents will have their chance to bag savings on Back to School necessities early in August. Check out our guide below to learn what to expect from the next Missouri tax free weekend.
When Is the Next Missouri Tax Free Weekend in 2020?
Missouri's tax free weekend for the 2020 Back to School season begins at 12:01 am local time on Friday, August 7, and ends at midnight on Sunday, August 9. That means consumers get three days to stock up on qualifying items.
Residents of the Show-Me State can also shop the Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday; however, it takes place around Earth Day. This year, the event lasted from April 19 to April 25. Whenever it comes around, it's a great chance to upgrade older appliances to qualifying Energy Star models without having to pay sales tax.
What Items Qualify for Missouri Tax Free Shopping?
During its August sales tax holiday, shoppers in Missouri can purchase items in the following categories tax free:
- Clothing and footwear: $100 or less per item
- Personal computers: $1,500 or less per item (includes laptops, desktops, and "tower computer systems")
- Computer peripheral devices: $1,500 or less per item
- Computer software: $350 or less per item
- School supplies: $50 or less per item
- Graphing calculators: $150 or less per item
Missouri also exempts cloth and other materials that can be used to make school uniforms or other school clothing.
As for school supplies, Missouri defines those as "any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes, including but not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, graphing calculators, chalk, maps, and globes."
What Items Aren't Eligible for Missouri Tax Free Status?
Like other states, Missouri doesn't exempt accessories like watches, watchbands, handbags, handkerchiefs, jewelry, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, and belt buckles.
Additionally, you have to pay tax on other items during the MO tax free weekend. These include radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop telephones, copiers or other office equipment, furniture, and fixtures.
More Missouri Tax Holiday Tips
The Show-Me State allows cities, counties, and districts to decide whether or not they'll take part in the tax free weekend. Residents can check the Missouri Department of Revenue website to see if their area is participating in 2020.
Online purchases will also qualify for tax exemption, provided you pay in full during the holiday. They can be delivered later, though. And if you've previously put an item on layaway and make the final payment during the tax free weekend in Missouri, the good news is the product will be exempt. However, if you just put an item on layaway during the event, you'll still have to pay sales tax.
For more details, visit the Missouri DOR FAQ page.