Annual Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 3-5

July 1, 2007
by: 
Dwayne Page

Governor Phil Bredesen and Department of Revenue officials remind you that the second annual Sales Tax Holiday begins this Friday, August 3, at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 5, at 11:59 p.m.

This holiday provides statewide sales tax exemption for school and art
supplies and clothing priced $100 or less per item and computers priced
$1,500 or less. This is the first holiday that art supplies will be
exempt, which includes clay and glazes; tempera and oil paints;
paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors.
Please visit the dedicated Sales Tax Holiday Web site at
www.tntaxholiday.com ( http://www.tntaxholiday.com/ ) to learn more
about what items are exempt from sales taxes.

“This holiday is another way we can show our commitment to Tennessee
families and their children’s education,” said Governor Bredesen.
“Our Sales Tax Holiday not only helps families save on their
back-to-school shopping but is a benefit for all Tennesseans, who are
encouraged to take advantage of the savings.”

Tennesseans can enjoy tax exempt purchases in local stores, but the
exemptions also apply to purchases by mail, telephone or Internet.

“Back-to-school shopping costs can add up, and we are happy to
provide this special tax savings opportunity to Tennesseans,” said
Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr. “I encourage everyone to visit our
Web site and make a list of the items your family needs so they can be
ready to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday.”

Consumers and retailers can call a designated toll free hotline at
(800) 342-1003, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., for more
information. The hotline will also be available for extended hours on
Saturday, August 4, from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. CDT and Sunday, August 5, from
10 a.m.to 4 p.m. CDT. Questions can also be asked via e-mail at
salestax.holiday@state.tn.us.

The Sales Tax Holiday is an ideal way to prepare your children for a
successful school year, but school supplies are not all that is needed.
Ensure a healthy school year for your children by enrolling them in
CoverKids, Tennessee’s free health insurance program for children 18
and under. Please visit www.covertn.gov ( http://www.covertn.gov/ ) to
learn more or enroll.
Examples of exempt items include:

Clothing
Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps,
hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or
non-athletic and scarves

School Supplies
Binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers,
folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and
scissors.

Art Supplies
Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil paints; paintbrushes for
artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and watercolors

Computer
Central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components
including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and
preloaded software
(Note: While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be
part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.)

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