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Sales tax holiday weekend ahead

Posted August 4, 2010 4:04 p.m. EDT
Updated August 4, 2010 11:33 p.m. EDT

— When consumers buy something in North Carolina, they generally pay around 8 percent in state sales taxes.

But this weekend there is a 72-hour window where people can buy certain items and not have to pay the tax.

The tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The tax exemption covers:

  • Clothing, shoes and school supplies that cost $100 or less each.
  • Instructional materials, like textbooks and globes, 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 per item. (Note: the sale of a computer monitor, keyboard, mouse or speakers are only tax-free if bought as part of a computer package)
  • Computer supplies, like a flash drive or printer, as long as it’s $250 or less per item.