Tennessee Back To School Sales Tax Holiday, August 2014
- Apr 1, 2014 | Gail Cole
The Tennessee Department of Revenue has announced 2014 dates for the state’s annual sales tax holiday. It begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, August 1 and concludes Sunday, August 3 at 11:59 p.m.
The August sales tax holiday is for qualifying clothing, school supplies and computers.
Clothing costing $100 or less per item is exempt from sales tax during the August sales tax holiday. Accessories are not exempt, nor are sports and recreational equipment. Exempt items include, but are not limited to:
- Belts and scarves;
- Coats, caps and hats;
- Dresses and hosiery;
- Shirts and pants;
- Socks and shoes; and
Numerous school supplies costing $100 or less per item are exempt from sales tax during the holiday. These include, but are not limited to:
- Binders, books bags and backpacks;
- Calculators and rulers;
- Erasers, pencils and pens;
- Paints and paintbrushes; and
Instructional material such as reference books and school computer supplies are not exempt.
Computers costing $1,500 or less are exempt from sales tax during the holiday, provided they are not for use in a trade or business.
However, many computer-related items are not exempt from sales tax. These include, but are not limited to:
- Computer parts (separately sold monitors, keyboards, scanners);
- Individually purchased software;
- Storage media; and
- Video game consoles.
The department reminds that the Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Return was amended last year to accommodate sales tax holidays. Exempt sales made during sales tax holidays must be reported on Schedule A, Line J of Sales and Use Tax Returns. Failure to do so “affects Revenue’s ability to properly dispense funds back to local governments.”
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