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Savings on school supplies, clothes begins Friday; three months of tax-free food Tuesday

It’s time to save some money.

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School supplies, computers, clothes and other items are included in Tennessee’s sales tax free weekend July 28-30.

Tennessee’s tax-free weekend for school supplies, computers and clothes began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Clothing, school supplies and computers may be purchased without the 7% state sales tax, including items sold online July 28-30. Certain restrictions apply. For example, all items purchased must be for personal use and not for business or trade.

Wondering what’s exempt on tax-free weekend and what isn’t?

Clothing

  • Exempt: Clothes costing $100 or less per item.

  • Not exempt: Clothing costing more than $100. Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum. Items like jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.

Computers

  • Exempt: Personal use computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less. If priced at $1,500 or less, laptops computers may also qualify as well as tablet computers.

  • Not exempt: Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs, individually purchased software, printer supplies and household appliances.

School supplies

  • Exempt : School and art supplies costing $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paint brushes.

  • Not exempt: School and art supplies costing more than $100. Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum.

For a full alphabetized list of exempt items, visit tn.gov.

Savings on food begins Tuesday, ends Oct. 31

Our second opportunity to save begins on Tuesday.

Tennessee’s three-month tax savings on food begins Aug. 1 and ends Oct. 31. It covers food and food ingredients, according to the state website. “Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value,” states the website.

Sales of prepared food, dietary supplements, candy, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco will not be included as tax-exempt during this three-month period.

“Food and food ingredients are defined as liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value,” states the website.

This might be a good time to stock up.

The Oak Ridger’s News Editor Donna Smith covers Oak Ridge area news. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @ridgernewsed. Diana Leyva covers breaking and trending news for The Tennessean. Connect with her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter at @_leyvadiana.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Does Tennessee have a sales tax-free weekend? Yes. How to prepare

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