Local News

Final sales-tax holiday begins Friday

Posted July 27, 2013
Updated July 31, 2013

— North Carolina shoppers can save money on back-to-school supplies, clothing and computers next weekend as part of the annual sales tax holiday weekend.

The Aug. 2-4 event, around for more than a decade, will mark the last of its kind as part of a major tax reform measure that Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week.

The legislation includes a provision to eliminate the tax-free holiday, beginning in 2014. Also going away next year is the annual tax holiday for Energy Star-rated appliances.

Savings begin this year at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and end 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Participation in the sales tax holiday is required; retailers cannot opt out.

The popular event 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 and tablets of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item from sales tax.

What to buy on last sales tax holiday What to buy on last sales tax holiday

Basic eReaders, which do not provide Internet access, do not qualify as tax-exempt items.

Retailers may not charge sales tax on exempt items sold during the holiday and tell shoppers to request a refund from the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

In cases where the sales tax is charged on purchases that should be exempt, a customer's only option to obtain a refund is from the retailer.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • labelleplumecontact Aug 9, 2013

    20% OFF SALE! Use coupon code TAXFREEWEEKEND at checkout and recieve 20% off of your purchase in addition to your tax savings! http://la-belle-plume.mybigcommerce.com This sale excludes jewelry.

  • Disabled Vet Jul 31, 2013

    It's going to be a flippin' circus at all the retail places this weekend! It will be a good time to stay home.

  • SnupeLyin Jul 31, 2013

    Peopl make such a big deal on this and you are getting what%7 off? wow what savings a good sale is always more than that dryjr

    On the flipside of that. With such a little 7% how much is the state saving? The arguement goes both ways.

  • GovernmentMule Jul 31, 2013

    "The rich did, do, and tomorrow still will pay less of what they earn than a majority of us “second class citizens.” (the other 98 percent of the population) You don’t understand what ‘discriminatory’ means do you???" - Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance

    Lets entertain the remote possibility that you are correct... Why do you think 'the rich' owe you anything? Why are you entitled to their wealth? What natural right do you have to anyone elses property?

  • unclegrits Jul 31, 2013

    "Yeah what a shame that more people have to now start paying a little bit towards the enormous State Government that the Dems created. I wonder, when you get the bill in a restaurant, do you wander around begging for someone else to pay for your food?"

    How very interesting, a conservative calling for higher taxes. The comedy never ends.

  • SnupeLyin Jul 31, 2013

    sheesh... it's 3 days out of 365... it boost the economy and makes otherwise frugal people get out and stimulate the capital flow... what was the point of them getting rid of the tax free weekend? And its not on everything you buy just school supplies, clothes, and shoes. It's not like you could go out and buy a house with it or something... Pity. I scoff at our lawmakers.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 31, 2013

    "Can't believe so many folks are up in arms about loosing such a small savings."

    No kidding. Drive 30 minutes, or more, to stand in line to look, to stand in line to try on and then stand in line to pay for.

    To save 4 bucks.

    Liberals have a strange way of showing their love for Government.

  • notexactly Jul 31, 2013

    fairshare- the rich pay 70% of the taxes and 50% of the people pay nothing So that means only about 20% of the people pay the rest of the 30% in taxes. So explain how the 98% of folks pay more in taxes than the rich.

  • notexactly Jul 31, 2013

    I am with you whatelseisnew!!! Go GOP luv it.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Jul 31, 2013

    Oh of course, let us continue to treat the people that pay for most of the burden of Government as second class citizens. Lets not require everyone to PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE to use a favorite phrase of the Left. We have a long way to go to fix the discriminatory tax policies of the left..-whatelseisnew

    The rich did, do, and tomorrow still will pay less of what they earn than a majority of us “second class citizens.” (the other 98 percent of the population) You don’t understand what ‘discriminatory’ means do you???