The annual sales tax holiday in Missouri will run from Friday, Aug. 4, through Sunday, Aug. 6. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies and computers, will be exempt from sales tax during this time period.
The sales tax exemption is limited to:
--Clothing or footwear of $100 or less per item. Not included are watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands or belt buckles.
--School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase. Included are textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, calculators, chalk, maps and globes. Not included are radios, CD players, headphones, telephones, copiers or other office equipment, furniture or sport equipment.
--Computer software of $350 or less.
--Personal computers and peripheral devices, not exceeding $1,500 per purchase.
Several local cities have opted not to participate. This means that city sales taxes will still be collected in Carl Junction, Carthage, Cassville, Jane, Joplin, Liberal, Loma Linda, Monett, Mount Vernon, Neosho, Noel and Purdy.
Some counties -- Barry, Jasper, Lawrence and Newton -- also won't participate. County sales taxes here will be collected on qualifying items.
Two communities that have participated in the holiday for years are Webb City and Lamar.
Shoppers in Lamar will be exempted from paying not only the state sales tax, but also the Barton County sales tax rate of 1.5 percent and the Lamar city sales tax rate of 2 percent.
"We've traditionally (participated in the holiday) and plan on doing it again," Lamar City Administrator Lynn Calton said. "It's just an opportunity for our local folks to be able to save some money."
In Webb City, shoppers will be exempted from paying the state sales tax and the city sales tax rate of about 2.5 percent.
"Our council has always done everything they can do to assist our families and residents," City Administrator Carl Francis said. "If we can spare the few tax dollars that would be collected during that time period and let residents enjoy a tax break ... (we) have always chosen to do so."
The state sales tax rate of 4.225 percent will remain exempt during the holiday weekend for sales of qualifying items. Buyers do not have to be a resident of Missouri to take advantage of the holiday.
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