Those planning some back-to-school shopping may want to take note. South Carolina’s 11th annual back-to-school “Sales Tax Holiday” weekend has been scheduled between midnight Friday, August 6 and Sunday August 8. The state’s sales tax will be lifted on purchases of clothes, shoes, school supplies, book bags, as well computers and printers.
Department of Revenue Public Relations Director Adrienne Fairwell says the holiday will drop the six percent state sales tax as well as applicable local taxes. South Carolina shoppers typically save about $2.8 million in sales tax during the event.
Fairwell says it’s usually the third busiest shopping period of the year in the Palmetto State, next to the weekend after Thanksgiving and the weekend before Christmas.
South Carolina adopted the sales tax holiday in 2000 and in following years, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee also implemented similar events. This year, North Carolina and Tennessee will hold their tax-free weekends at the same time as South Carolina, but Georgia will not have one at all this year.
Fairwell says the list of tax-free items is the same as before.