The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 28, 2013

Back-to-school sales tax holiday set for Aug. 2-4

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday is set to begin Friday, Aug. 2, and run through Sunday, Aug. 4.

The holiday weekend means that the state sales tax rate of 4.225 percent will not be assessed on qualifying purchases, such as clothing, school supplies and computer equipment, in all locations. City and county sales taxes will be exempt only in participating locations.

Participating cities include Webb City, Lamar and Monett. Cities that have opted out of the holiday and will continue to collect city sales tax on qualifying items include Joplin, Carl Junction, Carthage, Neosho, Cassville, Granby, Liberal, Mount Vernon, Purdy, Noel and Loma Linda.

Participating counties include Barton and McDonald. Counties that will continue to collect county sales tax include Jasper, Newton, Barry and Lawrence.

Items that qualify for tax exemption include:

• Clothing valued at less than $100, including footwear. This doesn’t include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.

• School supplies at less than $50 per purchase, including textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, backpacks and book bags, calculators, maps, and rulers. This doesn’t include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, cellphones, copiers or office equipment.

• Personal computers and devices costing less than $3,500, including laptop or desktop computers, disk drives, CD drives, microphones, modems, speakers, printers, scanners, and sound or video cards. Computer software also is eligible for tax exemption if its value is less than $350.

The holiday is open to all shoppers, including those who live outside the state, according to the Missouri Department of Revenue. Shoppers do not have to be students or buying for a student to participate, the department said.

Internet purchases

ITEMS BOUGHT ONLINE qualify for the sales tax exemption if they are purchased during the holiday and are subject to sales tax.

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