Sales tax holiday returns

Friday, August 3, 2012

Missouri's ninth annual "Back-to-School" sales tax holiday will begin at midnight on Friday, Aug. 3 and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 5, providing shoppers the opportunity to save money on clothes, computers and school supplies.

Monett and Pierce City are the only local towns participating in the holiday in Barry and Lawrence counties.

In conjunction with the sales tax holiday, Monett merchants are participating in their annual fall sidewalk sale this Friday and Saturday.

By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. During this time period, the state's 4.225 percent sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases made in Missouri.

The sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

* Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. The state's definition of clothing includes traditional apparel, including footwear, worn on or about the body. It also includes material to make school uniforms or other school clothing. It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

* School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include, but are not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes. School supplies do not include watches, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

* Personal computers that don't cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don't exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system, which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive display monitor, keyboard and other related devices. Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card. Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.

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