Sales tax holiday: What you need to know

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by The Charlotte Observer

WCNC.com

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 3:03 PM

North Carolina

The hours

The holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

What’s covered

A variety of items – some of which you might not associate with back-to-school – are free from the sales tax. Here is sampling:

• Clothing and footwear of $100 or less per item.

• School instructional materials (reference books, textbooks, globes) of $300 or less per item

• School supplies (binders, chalk, book bags, calculators, crayons, highlighters, etc.) of $100 or less per item

• Sports or recreational equipment with a sales price of $50 or less per item

• Computer supplies (handheld electronic schedulers, printers, printer paper and ink, etc) of $250 or less per item

• Computers, including tablet computers and netbooks, of $3,500 or less per item. The state defines computer as CPU, monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers when sold all together. The separate sale of a monitor, keyboard, mouse or speakers is subject to tax.

What’s not covered

Jewelry, cosmetics, protective equipment, wallets, eReaders and furniture — though it should be noted that some businesses in the past have made such items “tax free” to consumers by paying the tax themselves.

South Carolina

The hours

The tax holiday starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Aug. 5

What’s covered


Clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, blankets, bedspreads, bed linens, sheet sets, comforter sets, bath towels, shower curtains, bath rugs and mats, pillows, and pillow cases.

What’s not covered

Jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, rental of clothing or footwear, items for use in a business, or items placed on layaway.

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