The first weekend in August will be tax-free at stores in South Carolina.
The state Department of Revenue has announced that August 5-7 will be the 12th annual Sales Tax Holiday, which exempts stores from having to collect state and local sales taxes on some items.
The holiday is meant to coincide with back-to-school shopping. DOR spokeswoman Samantha Cheek said it was first put in place to spur sales that weekend. “It was meant to help benefit both parties involved: the taxpayer and the retailer,” Cheek said. She said it has now become the state’s third-busiest shopping period of the year, after Thanksgiving and Christmas.
State sales and use taxes will not be collected on clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, computer supplies, bookbags, furniture, mats, bath linens, and curtains, among other things.
However, jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, and office supplies will not be exempted. Neither will guns, after state legislators eliminated a budget proviso last month that created the tax-free holiday for them.
The holiday begins at 12:01 am on Friday, August 5 and will last until midnight the following Sunday, August 7.