Sales Tax Holiday Friday and Saturday

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

It's back to school shopping time. That means parents and children will be back at malls and shopping centers getting outfitted for the year. This weekend, they'll see a price break.

Alabama has taken part in it before, but for the first time, Mississippi is taking part in a sales tax holiday.

"We're just really excited because Alabama has been doing this for the past two or three years," said Robbie Hales, owner of The Liberty Shop. " We're just glad that our officials have elected to do it, too, and I think it's going to be a good thing for everybody involved."

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 Friday morning and ends Saturday at midnight.

"From the amount of calls we've had, I think it's going to be a big two days," Hales said. "We're glad this is happening in Mississippi now."

The sales tax holiday includes items priced at less than $100 each. But the seven percent tax break doesn't include everything.

According to the State Tax Commission, only clothing and footwear are eligible to be purchased tax-free.

"If they bought a package and it's $99.99, then that's going to be what they pay, $99.99, instead of $106.99 like it would be with tax," said Hales.

That means if you buy two shirts at $40 each and a pair of pants at $60, with the total sale exceeding $100, it's still tax-free. The eligibility is determined by the individual items and not by the combined amount of purchases.

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