Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

by Becky Davenport

This weekend kicks off probably the second biggest shopping weekend of the year! It is the most wonderful time of the year Back to School Time and here is how you can save a few extra bucks while getting ready for everyone to return to school. At 12:01 Friday August 3 until midnight on Sunday August 5th we celebrate Sales Tax Holiday!


How Sales Tax Holiday Works

The sales tax holiday applies to state and local taxes, unless the local area chooses not to participate, if the local area does not participate State Sales Tax is still exempt. In our local area Bollinger, Iron, St Francois, Ste Genevieve, and Stoddard counties are not participating. A complete list of non-participant counties is available here. However, even if the county has chosen to participate a city or town can also opt out of participating, for a list of non-participating cities please visit here.


What is Tax Exempt?

The sales tax exemption is limited to clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers, and computer peripheral devices not exceeding $3500.00. These categories cover a broad amount of necessities, for example any article of wearing apparel including footwear, but does not include accessories like watches, scarves, or headbands. Majority of school supplies are included in the holiday like book bags, calculators, art supplies, and more. However, merchandise like CD players, headphones, sporting equipment and office equipment is not. Check here for a complete list of what is and what is not included in the Sales Tax Holiday.


Things to remember

There are price limits and dollar amounts that qualify and do not qualify. An article of clothing cannot exceed the taxable value of one $100. School supplies are limited to $50 per purchase, but you can make multiple purchases. Computer software cannot exceed the taxable amount of $350 and personal computers or devices cannot exceed $3500. If you have more questions visit here. 
While you are probably like me and already making your mental list of what all the kid’s need many of the stores have school supply list at the front of the stores. You can also find that several of the schools have posted them online for Cape Girardeau School District visit here and select your school. Jackson R-2 has Preschool through 5th grade listed on their website also. You may also think about calling ahead to your local school and find out about back to school night and other special events.


As always, remember local! Here are a few local businesses that are participating.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" style="color: #990000;">Computer 21: For computer and software needs to ease you back into the school year, Computer 21 will be participating. Any orders places via phone (573) 332-7364 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. over the weekend will be state tax exempt.

Reruns: A resale clothing store on Downtown Cape's Main Street offering options from juniors and guys through adults, shoes, belts and more is taking off the state sales tax. Get a new wardrobe to start the school year off right!

Kidstop: Kidstop in the Town Plaza is removing not only the state sales tax, but is paying the city tax as well! Enjoy the tax break with school uniforms as well as other clothing options for school.


Southeast Bookstore: Pick up your Southeast Missouri State University gear on Friday! While the Bookstore is closed Saturday and Sunday, they will be offering the state tax break during business hours on Friday.

Happy School Year Kiddos…this Momma is on the countdown for school to start!

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