Shopping is expected to be brisk and the crowds large in retail stores across the state this weekend for South Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday.
Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, any item that is considered a back-to-school purchase is exempt from South Carolina’s 6-cent statewide sales tax. The exemption ends at midnight Sunday. The state Department of Revenue includes a list of items on its website that are covered or not covered.
South Carolina held its first sales tax holiday in 2000. But for the first time in 12 years, North Carolina will not have a sales tax holiday. That could mean shoppers from the Tar Heel state will make the journey south into cities like Rock Hill or North Myrtle Beach for back-to-school bargains.
South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs spokeswoman Juliana Harris said the shopping will likely have a back to school theme with an expected run on items from notebooks to backpacks, towels to bed sheets. and clothes and computers. Shoppers should note that while computers are exempt under the holiday, computer parts and accessories are not. However, if a monitor, keyboard or scanner is purchased as a package which included the computer processing unit (CPU), then that is considered one transaction and is exempt.
The sales-tax holiday does not apply to jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, items for a business or items placed on layaway.