Annual sales tax holiday slated for 2nd weekend in August

The sales tax holiday weekend in South Carolina will begin Aug. 7 at 12:01 a.m. and run through Aug. 9 at midnight, the S.C. Department of Revenue announced.

During the annual sales tax holiday, shoppers will be exempt from the 6% state sales tax and any applicable local taxes on the purchase of school supplies. Shoppers save approximately $3 million over the course of the weekend, the department said.

The sales tax holiday also benefits in-state businesses by encouraging consumers to do back-to-school shopping in South Carolina.

Items excluded from sales tax include clothing, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, printers, bedspreads and linens. Nonexempt items include the sale of jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture or items placed on layaway.

For more information about this year’s sales tax holiday and for a detailed list of exempt items, visit the S.C. Department of Revenue’s website.

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Alyssa BennettAnnual sales tax holiday slated for 2nd weekend in August