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Tax-free weekend underway; See what qualifies

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - School is starting up right around the corner, and that means back to school shopping, because before many students head back to class, their parents head to the mall.

And the state's tax free holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6, and runs through midnight on Sunday, Aug. 8.

During those days, shoppers won't have to pay state sales and use tax. That's a six to eight percent savings, depending on your county taxes.

Computers can be purchased tax-free, but computer parts like keyboards, monitors or scanners don't qualify if a computer isn't purchased?

Another big savings item, bridal gowns and veils are included in the sales tax holiday list cosmetics are not. Towels, pillows and bed linens also qualify, but furniture is not included.

For the most part, all school supplies will be tax free.

The tax-free weekend does not qualify for items put on law-away or rentals.

Most stores are maintaining their regular hours. The Apple store will open early at 8 a.m. and Staples will stay open an hour later Sunday.

FULL LIST OF EXEMPT AND NON-EXEMPT ITEMS:

Pursuant to Code Section 12-36-2120(57), the following items are exempt/tax free during a South Carolina sales tax holiday (source: SC Dept. of Revenue):

Adult diapers
Aerobic clothing
Antique clothing
Aprons
Athletic or sport uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets and pads)
Baby bibs
Baby clothes
Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
Baby shoes
Bandannas
Barrettes
Bath mats
Bath rugs
Bath towels (all sizes, including beach towels)
Bath wash cloths
Bathing caps
Bathing suits
Bathing trunks
Beach capes and coats
Bed comforters and bed comforter sets
Bed duvets and covers
Bed linens, including baby bumper pads, canopies, baby crib padding, bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers, and shams (box springs, drapes, mattresses, table cloths, and window curtains and other window treatments are taxable)
Bed pillow cases
Bed pillows (e.g. baby pillows, body pillows, husband pillows, throw pillows)
Bed sheets and bed sheet sets
Bed spreads
Belt buckles Belts/suspenders
Blankets (e.g. afghan, baby, electric, and throw)
Blouses
Bobby pins
Bonnets
Boots (climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy)
Bow ties
Bras
Bridal gowns and veils (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Capri pants
Caps
Coats, capes and wraps
Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers
Computer software
Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software
Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain computer software updates during the contract period
Computers (computer parts, such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners, when not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU) and accessories are taxable)
Corset laces
Corsets
Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Coveralls
Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply
Dress shields
Dresses
Earmuffs
Elastic ponytail holders
Fishing boots
Formal clothing (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Furs
Galoshes
Garters/garter belts
Girdles
Gloves (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis)
Gowns
Graduation caps and gowns (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Gym suits
Hair bows
Hair clips
Hand muffs
Handbags
Handkerchiefs
Hats
Headbands
Hosiery
Hunting vests
Ice skates (rentals are taxable)
In-line skates (rentals are taxable)
Jackets
Jeans
Jogging suits
Jumpers
Leg warmers
Leotards and tights
Lingerie
Mittens
Nightgowns
Overshoes
Pajamas
Pants
Pantsuits
Pantyhose
Personal Digital Assistants (hand-held computers used as daily planners)
Pillow cases |
Pillows (all types)
Ponchos
Printer supplies (replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as "printer supplies")
Printers (replacement parts are taxable)
Prom dress (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Purses
Raincoats
Rainwear
Riding pants
Robes
Roller skates (provided the skates are permanently attached to the boots) (rentals are taxable)
Sandals
Scarves
School uniforms
Scout uniforms
Shawls and wraps
Shirts
Shoes (ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)
Shorts
Shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc. (but not athletic or sport protective pads)
Shower curtains and liners (shower curtain hooks and rings and shower curtain rods are taxable)
Ski boots (snow) (rentals are taxable)
Ski masks
Ski suits (snow)
Skin diving suits
Skirts
Sleepwear
Slippers
Slips
Sneakers
Socks
Sport clothing and uniforms (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads)
Sport jacket
Stockings
Suits
Support hosiery
Suspenders
Sweat pants
Sweat shirts
Sweat suits
Sweatbands
Sweaters Ties/neckwear
Tights
Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen, and sport towels (paper towels are taxable)
T-shirts
Tuxedo (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Umbrellas
Underwear
Waders
Wet and dry suits

The following items are not exempt/tax free during a South Carolina sales tax holiday(Source: SC Dept. of Revenue):

Backpacks for hiking and camping (bookbags for school are exempt)
Bathroom accessories or supplies (soap, shower curtain hooks and rings, shower curtain rods, toothbrush holders, towel holders, tissue box covers, toilet paper, wastebaskets)
Box springs
Briefcases
Change purse C
locks (alarms clocks, wall clocks, etc.)
Clothing that is rented
Computer parts (such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU)) and accessories other than printers and printer supplies (computers, computer software, printers, and printer supplies are exempt)
Cookware
Cosmetics
Costume rentals (rentals are taxable; must be sold to be exempt)
Daily planners or organizers (whether or not such include a calculator) when not used by school children as a school supply
Drapes
Employee uniforms
Eyewear
Footwear that is rented
Formal clothing that is rented
Furniture
Gift wrapping paper
Glasses
Goggles
Golf clubs
Greeting cards
Hardware (hand tools, power tools, etc.)
Health food supplements
Helmets (sport, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)
Hobby equipment, supplies and toys
Housewares
Jewelry
Key cases
Mattresses
Mitts (baseball fielder's, hockey, etc.) (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis, work gloves are exempt)
Music tapes, records and compact discs
Paper products that are not school supplies (greeting cards, gift wrapping paper, etc.)
Paper towels
Personal flotation devices
Printer replacement parts (printers are exempt)
Protective masks and goggles (athletic, sport, or occupational)
Roller skates not permanently attached to the boot
Safety clothing for use in a trade or business
Safety glasses and goggles
Safety shoes for use in a trade or business
School office and janitorial supplies
Sewing accessories
Sheet stretchers
Shin guards and padding
Shoulder pads (football, hockey, etc.)
Shower curtain hooks and rings
Shower curtain rods
Sleeping bags
Sporting equipment (baseball mitts, golf clubs, helmets, hockey mitts, life jackets and vests, masks, pads, swim fins, swimming masks and goggles)
Stereo equipment
Sunglasses
Table cloths
Table placemats and other table supplies (napkins, napkin holders)
Tissue box covers
Toilet paper
Toothbrush holders
Towel holders
Toys
Vitamins
Wallets
Wastebaskets
Watch bands
Watches
Wigs
Window curtains
Window treatments (curtains, drapes, shades, valances)

If you have any questions, you may call the Department of Revenue at (803) 898-5788 or e-mail the Department at salestax@sctax.org.

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