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2013 Missouri Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through Missouri's Sales Tax Holiday

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Missouri offers two sales tax holidays -- a "Show Me Green" tax free weekend for Energy Star products, which usually occurs in April, and a separate weekend for back-to-school items like clothing, computers and school supplies. Dollar limits are per item.

Some cities have opted out of participating in the sales tax holiday. For these cities, local sales tax will still apply.

Neighboring states Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Tennessee also have sales tax holidays for back-to-school shoppers.

Missouri Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 2-4, 2013

Clothing and Footwear Exempt from Missouri Sales Tax

Each item of clothing and footwear $100 or less is eligible for the tax free weekend. The state of Missouri defines clothing as "any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about the human body."

School Supplies Exempt from Missouri Sales Tax

School supplies cannot exceed $50 per purchase. Missouri's guidelines on eligible school supplies state the item must have a general use in the classroom. A sample list of nontaxable items includes:
  • Art Supplies
  • Backpacks
  • Book Bags
  • Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Handheld Calculators
  • Notebooks
  • Maps and Globes
  • Paper
  • Rulers
  • Textbooks
  • Writing Instruments
* A special limit has been placed on educational computer software. The taxable value must be $350 or less.

Computers Exempt from Sales Tax

Desktops, laptops and tower computers (including CPU, RAM, hard drive, monitor and keyboard) $3,500 and less are eligible. The following computer peripherals are also tax exempt for the same dollar limit:
  • CD Drive
  • Daughterboard
  • Digitalizer
  • Disk Drive
  • Memory Module
  • Microphone
  • Modem
  • Motherboard
  • Mouse
  • Multimedia Speaker
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Single-User Hardware
  • Single-User Operating System
  • Software ($350 or less)
  • Sound Card
  • Video Card

Taxable Items

Ties, headbands, belt buckles, watches, radios, CD players, headphones, umbrellas, sporting equipment and furniture for school or office are just some of the items not eligible for Missouri's tax free weekend. The Missouri Department of Revenue offers general guidelines on taxable items.

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