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NC sales tax holiday weekend set for Aug. 3

Posted July 16, 2012

North Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday runs the weekend of Aug. 3 – 5, the state Department of Revenue announced Monday.

The popular event, which began in 2002, exempts clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

Tablet computers and netbooks of $3,500 or less per item qualify, but eReaders do not.

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Participation in the sales tax holiday is required. Retailers cannot opt out or charge sales tax and tell shoppers to request a refund from the Department of Revenue.

Items are not necessarily exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team.

Visit the department’s website for more information and a complete list of qualifying items.
 

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  • fjmrgm4l2 Jul 18, 2012

    yes I know that school starts in August....but different classes and different teachers have different requirements. USUALLY students receive a list of supplies directly from their teacher during the first week or so of classes....

  • beaupeep Jul 16, 2012

    You do know school starts in August, right?

  • beaupeep Jul 16, 2012

    and I'm pretty sure they're gonna make them wear shoes again this year.

  • beaupeep Jul 16, 2012

    "I would like to know WHY the State has this Sales Tax Holiday in August, BEFORE most school systems (other than Year Round) start their school year. How is a parent to know WHAT items are required for their child for school??? Why not make the holiday at the END of the August, so that parents will have a listing of what they need to buy?"

    Uhhhh, call the school or check their website?

  • beaupeep Jul 16, 2012

    "Living in Minnesota = Year Round tax break. We never pay taxes on unprepared food/groceries, nor do we pay tax on clothing, no matter how expensive. Want a $2,000 tailor-made suit for your child to wear to school? Go right ahead, no tax. Ever. Living and shopping here is better than being affiliated with the military (i.e. commisary and PX) in my humble opinion, having served active duty."

    Yeah, but you're in MINNESOTA. Not worth it.

  • maina2000maina2000 Jul 16, 2012

    Sarge, no the IPad is not an ereader. I was thinking about getting one as well since there's no tax :).

  • archmaker Jul 16, 2012

    not worth the crowds - people go nuts on tax-free weekend. why? seriously, would you really go crazy if a store advertised a "7% off sale"???

  • DoingMyBest Jul 16, 2012

    So why wasn't this practice, which loses the state an estimated $15M plus in revenue dollars each year, to help balance the budget?

  • realcloak Jul 16, 2012

    Living in Minnesota = Year Round tax break. We never pay taxes on unprepared food/groceries, nor do we pay tax on clothing, no matter how expensive. Want a $2,000 tailor-made suit for your child to wear to school? Go right ahead, no tax. Ever. Living and shopping here is better than being affiliated with the military (i.e. commisary and PX) in my humble opinion, having served active duty.

  • awr117 Jul 16, 2012

    Online shopping = year round tax break

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