Back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Friday

Smart shoppers often wait for the back-to-school sales tax holiday to save some money, and it is coming up  this week.

Here are details from the city:

The City of Kansas City, Mo., invites residents to take advantage of a three-day sales tax holiday from Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4. During this time, shoppers who purchase certain items of clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers in Kansas City, Mo., stores will not have to pay any sales tax.

To help reduce costs for families getting ready for the new school year, the following retail purchases will be exempt from respective sales taxes during the 2013 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday:

  • Articles of clothing, shoes and cloth or other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing with a taxable value of $100 or less.
  • School supplies not to exceed $50 per purchase. School supplies include any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes, including but not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes.
  • Personal computers with taxable value of $3,500 or les
  • Computer software items with taxable value of $350 or less.
  • Computer peripheral devices not to exceed $3,500.

There are some items that may be considered by some to be clothing, personal computers or school supplies that will not be exempt from the previously mentioned sales taxes during the three-day sales tax holiday. These items include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop phones, copiers or other office equipment. Additional items exempt from the tax holiday are furniture and fixtures for homes, apartments, dorms or other residences.

For more information about the Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, visit Click on Back To School Sales Tax Holiday.

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