Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tax Free Holiday

Do you have school shopping to do? I don't know about you, but my boys need tennis shoes for school. I almost wonder if they are sprinkling Miracle Gro on them as fast as they are growing.

This weekend is the perfect weekend to knock out some school shopping. It is the Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday. Clothing and shoes under $100 will be tax free from July 31 - August 1st.

Clothing under $100 is exempt from sales tax in the following categories:
  • Athletic Socks
  • Baby Clothes
  • Belts With Attached Buckles
  • Blouses
  • Boots (general purpose)
  • Caps and Hats
  • Coats and Wraps
  • Costumes (not rented)
  • Coveralls
  • Dresses
  • Gloves (general use, not rented)
  • Gym Suits and Uniforms
  • Hooded Shirts and Sweatshirts
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jerseys
  • Jogging Suits
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Neckwear
  • Pants
  • Raincoats, Rain Hats and Ponchos
  • Scout Uniforms
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks
  • Suspenders
  • Swimsuits
  • Undergarments
General footwear under $100 is nontaxable, including:
  • Boat Shoes
  • Cowboy Boots
  • Cross Trainers
  • Dress Shoes
  • Flip-Flops or Rubber Thongs
  • Hiking Boots
  • Jelly Shoes
  • Running Shoes (non-cleated)
  • Sandals
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Walking Shoes

Items which are NOT included in this tax free weekend are: Backpacks, hair accessories, jewelry, wallets, watches and sporting apparel like roller blades and ice skates.

Personally, I think it is crazy to not include backpacks since this is supposed to be a weekend to allow parents to shop for back-to-school and backpacks are such an essential part of that shopping, but oh well!

I am really appreciative of this little break from taxes because every little bit helps!


From the Doghouse said...

I'm sure we'll be hitting it too.

Melissa B. said...

We've got tax-free holidays here a couple of times a year, including August. We always take advantage of the savings!

Felicia said...

We are shopping this weekend. We'll be up in your neck of the woods at some point. I need all the discounts I can get.

i'm black betty said...

awesome. i've been planning for this for over a month. let the shopping BEGIN!!! :D

From the Doghouse said...

You haven't said anything about the trip; how did it go?

Shelby said...

I'm so jealous; we haven't had a tax-free holiday in 2 years. :: sigh :: And this is the year both boys have been through growth spurts and need new EVERYTHING ... well, except backpacks because we replaced those in the spring...

But, hey, are you allowed to talk about stuff related to the "s" word?