Shoppers are supposed to get a price break during Mississippi's first "sales tax holiday" July 31 and Aug. 1. But they might need a list to know which items are tax free and which are not.
There's also confusion among retailers because the state Tax Commission says it couldn't afford to mail detailed notices to shopkeepers about stripping off the tax.
Generally, shoes and clothing priced under $100 per item can be sold without the seven percent tax. The tax will still be charged on many items, including jewelry, backpacks and specialized sports shoes such as soccer cleats.
Republican Senator Walter Michel, of Jackson says Mississippi lawmakers enacted the tax-free days this year to help people with back-to-school shopping.