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2013 South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday

Back-to-School Savings Through South Carolina's Sales Tax Holiday


South Carolina holds two sales tax holidays. The first one is for back-to-school savings in August and the second offers sales tax savings on handguns, rifles and shotguns purchased during the Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday.

South Carolina's tax exempt items include everything from bed sheets to computers. This is one of the most generous lists of eligible products out of all of the states participating in tax free shopping.

Neighboring states Georgia and North Carolina also participate in back-to-school sales tax holidays.

South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday Dates

August 2-4, 2013

Clothing Exempt from South Carolina Sales Tax

Clothes exempt from sales tax include:
  • Athletic or Sport Uniforms
  • Baby Clothes
  • Bandannas
  • Barrettes
  • Bathing Suits
  • Belt Buckles
  • Belts and Suspenders
  • Blouses
  • Caps and Hats
  • Coats, Capes and Wraps
  • Costumes (not rented)
  • Coveralls
  • Diapers (adult and baby, cloth and disposable)
  • Dresses
  • Ear Muffs
  • Elastic Ponytail Holders
  • Formal Clothing (not rented)
  • Gloves (general and sport use)
  • Graduation Caps and Gowns (not rented)
  • Gym and Jogging Suits
  • Hair Bows and Clips
  • Handbags
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Jumpers
  • Leg Warmers
  • Leotards and Tights
  • Neckwear
  • Pants
  • Rainwear
  • Scout and School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Sweat Pants and Shirts
  • Umbrellas
  • Undergarments
See a complete list.

Footwear Exempt from South Carolina Sales Tax

Types of shoes eligible for the tax free holiday are:
  • Baby Shoes
  • Ballet Slippers
  • Bicycle Shoes
  • Boat Shoes
  • Boots (climbing, cowboy, fishing, hiking, riding, ski, waders)
  • Bowling Shoes (not rented)
  • Cleats
  • Flip-Flops
  • Galoshes
  • Ice Skates (not rented)
  • In-Line Skates (not rented)
  • Jazz/Dance Shoes
  • Overshoes
  • Running Shoes
  • Sandals
  • Ski Boots
  • Slippers
  • Sneakers
  • Track Shoes
  • Waders

School Supplies Exempt from Sales Tax

South Carolina has issued a general list of school supplies that are tax exempt:
  • Book Bags
  • Books
  • Calculators
  • Daily Organizers (used by children as a school supply only)
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper Binders
  • Pencils
  • Personal Digital Assistants (hand-held and used as a daily planners)

Computers Exempt from Sales Tax

Monitors, scanners and keyboards are taxable when sold outside of a computer bundle that includes a CPU. Products that are tax free are:
  • Computer Software
  • Computers
  • Computer Hardware Services Sold With the Computer
  • Computer Software Services Sold With the Computer
  • Printers
  • Printer Supplies

Miscellaneous Items Exempt from Sales Tax

A variety of items for bed and bath are exempt from sales tax, such as:
  • Bath Mats
  • Bath Towels
  • Beach Towels
  • Bed Comforters and Sets
  • Bed Duvets and Covers
  • Bed Linens (baby bumper pads, canopies, crib padding, bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, toppers, pillow covers and shams are included)
  • Bed Pillows
  • Bed Spreads
  • Blankets
  • Pillow Cases
  • Sheets and Sets
  • Wash Cloths

Taxable Items

Jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, items in layaway, clothing and footwear rentals and products for trade or business use are the types of items that do not qualify for the sales tax holiday.
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