Shop tax-free this weekend

COLUMBIA – South Carolina’s annual sales tax-free weekend is set for Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4.

What’s tax free? A variety of back-to-school essentials are exempt from the state’s 6 per cent sales tax and any applicable local taxes. Three other categories are also included: clothing (including diapers), accessories and shoes; computers and bed and bath items.

Not everything is included, however. For instance, computer keyboards are only exempt if they are included in a computer package. Listed here are some common exemptions. For a complete list of tax-free items, go to https://dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

  • Art supplies
  • Binders and folders
  • Books
  • Book bags
  • Calculators
  • Daily planners and organizers
  • Glue, tape, staplers, staples
  • Highlighters and markers
  • Lunch boxes
  • Musical instruments
  • Notebooks, paper
  • Pencils, sharpeners, erasers
  • Pens
  • School uniforms
  • Scissors
  • Sport uniforms

COMPUTERS

  • Computers
  • Computer parts and accessories (i.e. monitors, keyboards, and scanners) when sold as a package with a computer
  • Computer software and service contracts (sold in conjunction with software)
  • Printer supplies, including replaceable ink cartridges

BED AND BATH

  • Bath mats and rugs
  • Bed duvets and covers
  • Bed skirts and dust ruffles
  • Bed sheets and sheet sets
  • Bed spreads and comforters
  • Blankets and throws
  • Mattress pads and toppers
  • Pillow cases and shams
  • Pillows (all types)
  • Shower curtains and liners
  • Towels (all types and sizes)
  • Washcloths

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR

  • Accessories
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Hair accessories
  • Hats and caps
  • Purses and handbags
  • Neckties and bow ties
  • Active wear
  • Exercise clothing
  • Athletic uniforms
  • Leotards and tights
  • Hunting and ski clothing
  • Swimwear
  • Everyday Dresses and skirts
  • Leggings, Pants, jeans, and shorts
  • Shirts and blouses
  • Sleepwear
  • Socks and underwear
  • Suits and blazers
  • Sweaters and sweatshirts
  • Footwear – All shoes, including: Cleats, Dance shoes, Rain boots, Orthopedic shoes, Skates, Slippers
  • Outerwear: Coats (all types), Earmuffs, Gloves and mittens, Rainwear (raincoats, umbrellas, etc.), Scarves, Vests
  • Specialty Items: Aprons, Bibs, Bridal gowns and veils, Costumes, Diapers, Formal wear (gowns, tuxedos, etc.), Graduation caps and gowns, School uniforms, Scout uniform