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South Carolina 2013 Sales Tax Holiday

  • Jul 12, 2013 | Gail Cole

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The Department of Revenue has announced dates for the 2013 sales tax holiday. It will begin at 12:01a.m. on August 2, 2013 and conclude at midnight, August 4.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to shop.

The annual sales tax holiday applies to the following items:

  • Clothing.
  • Clothing accessories (hats, scarves, hosiery and handbags).
  • Footwear.
  • School supplies (paper, pens, notebooks, bookbags).
  • Computers and computer software.
  • Printers and printer supplies.
  • Assorted bathroom supplies (mats, towels, shower curtains).
  • Assorted bedroom supplies (sheets, blankets).

Put that down.

The following items are not exempt from sales tax during the sales tax holiday:

  • Jewelry and watches.
  • Cosmetics and eyewear.
  • Furniture.
  • Any item placed on layaway or a similar deferred payment plan.
  • Items for use in business.
  • Rented clothing or footwear (think costumes for a party and roller skates at a rink).

Want to know more? The department provides a detailed list of exempt items and a question and answer document.

It's important for businesses to keep track of sales tax holidays. Charging sales tax when none is due can be as problematic as not charging it when it is due. Automation can help.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.