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 dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.
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.”
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is offering the following tips for consumers to get the best sales tax free weekend shopping experience:
- Review the list of sales tax free items. Visit the Department of Revenue’s website (https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend) to see what is tax-exempt. Make a shopping list and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases that are not tax-exempt.
- Choose your payment method wisely. When shopping in a store, pay with cash if you have trouble sticking to a budget. If you prefer not to use cash or are shopping online, a credit card offers more consumer fraud protections. Make sure to pay the credit card bill on time and in full to avoid interest charges.
- Know the store’s policies on returns, refunds and exchanges. Are full refunds given, or does the retailer only offer store credit? What is the time limit for returning an item and are there restocking fees? Look up the policy online so you know before you go.
There is one more tip SCDCA Administrator Carri Grube Lybarker encourages consumers to employ year-round, but especially during heavy shopping seasons, “Keep a watchful eye on your financial statements. Whether it’s a fraudulent charge or simply an error on your statement, the faster you report it, the easier it is to correct.”
Consumers with questions about the tax free weekend should review the frequently asked questions posted on the Department of Revenue’s website. For more consumer tips, or to get assistance if you find suspicious charges or errors on your accounts visit www.consumer.sc.gov or call SCDCA toll-free at 1-800-922-1594.