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.
South Carolina's tax holiday isn't until August, but it's perfect for last-minute back-to-school shopping, as it's the first weekend of the month. Read on to see what you can expect for savings.
When Is the Next South Carolina Tax Free Weekend?
The state's 2019 sales tax holiday will go from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, through midnight on Sunday, August 4. By statute, South Carolina's tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and ends on the following Sunday. So if nothing changes, next year it'll start on Friday, August 7, and go until midnight on Sunday, August 9.
What Items Qualify for South Carolina Tax Free Shopping?
South Carolina exempts the following items, with no price limitations:
- Clothes, accessories, and footwear
- School supplies
- Computers, printers and printer supplies, and software
- Bed and bath items
Note that South Carolina exempts athletic uniforms but not equipment. Also, school supplies include musical instruments, if they're used for school assignments. And computer hardware is taxed unless it's bundled with a CPU.
What Items Aren't Eligible for South Carolina Tax Free Status?
As in most states, accessories such as jewelry and glasses aren't tax exempt, and neither are clothing rentals. Layaway and deferred payment options also aren't exempt from sales tax. Additionally, any items used in a trade or business don't qualify for the exemption.
South Carolina should publish an updated list before July 10, 2019, but you can see 2018's list here. We don't expect it to change much — if at all — for 2019.
More South Carolina Tax Holiday Tips
Unlike most states, South Carolina doesn't list any price limitations on its tax exemptions. Internet sales qualify as long as the order is paid for during the holiday. Unusually, South Carolina includes the cost of clothing alterations in its exemptions. You can see all the latest published information at the SC Department of Revenue website.