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NC sales tax holiday weekend

Posted August 1, 2011

— It's that time of year again – North Carolina's sales tax holiday weekend.

The annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The tax exemption covers:

  • Clothing, shoes and school supplies that cost $100 or less each
  • Instructional materials, such as textbooks, that cost $300 or less per item
  • Sports equipment – from mouth guards to baseball gloves – priced at $50 or less each
  • Computers with a sales price of $3,500 or less (The sale of a computer monitor, keyboard, mouse or speakers is only tax-free if bought as part of a computer package)
  • Computer supplies, such as a flash drive or printer, as long as they are $250 or less per item

For more information on the sales tax holiday weekend, check out the North Carolina Department of Revenue's website.


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  • Native NC gal Aug 2, 2011

    It has always amazed me that sports equipment is limited at $50 per item while computers are at a whopping $3,500. Try to buy a tennis racquet, lacrosse stick or helmet for $50 and see what you get.


    What are you a bunch of bananas!! Who cares about the state you voted for the clowns in charge. I wait for this weekend; any time to screw the state out of taxes is a good time. If you all are so worried about it send extra money in on April 15th!!

  • shadow925 Aug 2, 2011

    I wish WRAL would do a story on how the sales tax holiday impacts the state revenue. Our state has been in a financial crisis for several years now. I'm not sure this tax holiday is helpful to the economy and may be harmful to the state budget.

  • thefensk Aug 1, 2011

    Yeah, sorry wmp8396, I agree with the other folks. It was a great idea that made more sense when the state was in better financial shape.
    Not sure how much revenue they lose, but it seems to me that we should keep the revenue coming in to avoid layoffs. What they ought to do is earmark sales tax collected during "school tax weekend" to go 100% to schools.

  • wmp8396 Aug 1, 2011

    Do understand the tax rates are set as a minimum tax to be paid. There is absolutely no restriction on paying more than required. Feel free to send a check of your hard earned money to either or both the NC Dept. of Revenue in Raleigh and the IRS, Washington, DC. They will be more than willing to accept your generosity. Then you can feel good about yourself also. Win-Win

  • RMC10 Aug 1, 2011

    If NC is in such dire financial losses, why not do away with this little tax free holiday - would help make up some of the 1/2 cent sales tax they lost. It's a great idea who's time has gone.

  • wesbar Aug 1, 2011

    Since the state is hurting for money, why not stop the NC sales tax holiday???