The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 30, 2012

Sales tax holiday for school items slated this weekend

The ninth annual Missouri Sales Tax Holiday is slated this weekend for shoppers looking to receive an exemption from the 4.225 percent state sales tax on school supplies.

The state tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues through Sunday.

Some cities also plan to give shoppers an additional discount by waiving city sales tax, but most in the Joplin area have decided against such participation. Area towns that are participating in the city sales tax waiver are Nevada, Lamar and Webb City.

Items that will be considered tax exempt include clothing that does not have a value of more than $100 per item. Items included are standard apparel, footwear and material to make clothing. Not included are watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

Any items normally used by students in a classroom are also exempt, as long as the purchase price is not more than $50. Supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.

Personal computers are also state sales tax exempt for the weekend as long as they don’t cost more than $3,500. Software is also free from sales tax if it is valued at less than $350.

Out-of-state shoppers

Residents from other states may also participate in the tax holiday simply by shopping in Missouri.


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