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Both Mississippi and Tennessee Have Tax Free Shopping This Weekend

But one of these states is definitely more inclusive about what gets exempted from taxes.
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Tennessee Tax Free weekend

It's back-to-school season! Starting today, Mississippi and Tennessee will be waiving sales taxes on student essentials.

If you're not in Mississippi or Tennessee, don't worry! Your state might have a tax holiday, too. Be sure to check out our complete list of tax free weekends for 2017 to see if your state participates.

When Are the Tennessee and Mississippi Sales Tax Weekends for 2017?

Tennessee's sales tax holiday runs from July 28 until July 30. Mississippi also starts on July 28 but it only runs through July 29.

Who Can Shop?

All Mississippi and Tennessee retailers are participating in the tax free weekend, and anyone can take advantage of the weekend deals — not just back-to-school shoppers.


Mississippi Tax Free weekend

What's Covered?

Mississippi is exempting items of clothing and footwear that ring up for less than $100. Tennessee is exempting clothing items under $100, school and art supplies under $100, and computers costing $1,500 or less. You can see a complete list of Mississippi's exempted items here, and Tennessee has published a similar list.

In both Mississippi and Tennessee, in-store sales and store coupons that bring an item under the price cutoff will make that item exempt from sales tax; manufacturers' coupons and mail-in rebates will not.

Clothing

Mississippi and Tennessee both exempt taxes on clothing that costs less than $100 per item. You'll still pay sales tax on accessories (like handbags, wallets, and jewelry), protective equipment (think hard hats and goggles), and recreational equipment (cleats, pads, wetsuits, and so on).

Computers

Included in Tennessee's definition of "computers" are desktops, laptops, and tablets; excluded are computer parts, gaming consoles, eBook readers, and cell phones. Warranties are considered taxable services, and are therefore not exempt from sales tax.

Mississippi is not including computers in the sales tax holiday.

School and Art Supplies

Tennessee is exempting school supplies and art supplies with individual prices of $100 or less from sales tax. This includes items such as books, backpacks, calculators, drawing pads, paint, and paint brushes. Items must be for personal use; commercial buyers are not exempt from sales tax.

Unfortunately, once again, Mississippi isn't exempting anything from this category.

Readers, will you buy anything during this tax free weekend? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


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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