Tax free weekend is Aug. 4-6

Shoppers will get a holiday this coming weekend – a holiday from paying sales tax on a wide variety of items.

The annual Sales Tax Holiday will be August 4-6 in South Carolina, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue (DOR). The holiday is in effect from 12:01 a.m. on August 4 until midnight on August 6.

During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of approved school supply items are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax and any applicable local taxes. In years past, shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend.

Shoppers will pay no sales tax on items ranging from clothing and shoes to book bags and computers.

Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, and layaway purchases are not exempt from taxes. Cell phones and smartphones are also not eligible for tax exemption.

A list of exempt and non-exempt items is available on

Online items can also be purchased if they are an eligible item and it is purchased within the time period, according to the DOR.

According to the DOR, “School supplies are items used in the classroom or at home with respect to school assignments and include, but are not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, bookbags, lunchboxes and calculators. Items such as refrigerators and toiletries purchased by college students are not school supplies and are not exempt. Similarly, these items purchased for office, business or non-school use are not exempt.”

Residents are encouraged to shop local first by the Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce.

“Shop local, eat local, spend and enjoy local first,” said BCCC Executive Director Terri Smith. “It takes you to start the trend.”