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