Sales tax holiday kicks off Friday

COLUMBIA – Computers, clothes, and school supplies are among a variety of items customers can purchase free of sales tax during South Carolina’s annual 72-hour Sales tax holiday from Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds shoppers that eligible items can be purchased online and in-store without paying the state’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes during South Carolina’s sales tax holiday.

“In these difficult times, tax free weekend is a great way for South Carolina shoppers to save money, and even more, it’s a time to support our South Carolina businesses,” said SCDOR Director Hartley Powell. “Don’t forget, online purchases of eligible items from your local retailers’ websites are tax-free too.”

What’s Tax Free?

Tax-free items include computers, printers, school supplies, clothing and accessories, footwear, and certain bed and bath items. These tax-free items can be new or used and are eligible regardless of price.

What’s Not?

Items that are not tax-free during the sales tax holiday include digital cameras, smartphones, jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, rental clothing or footwear, and items for use in a trade or business.

Last year, South Carolina shoppers bought more than $21.7 million in tax-free items during the sales tax holiday.

Tips for safe sales tax holiday shopping

Online purchases of eligible items are tax-free too. Find cybersecurity tips at

Check with your local retailer for online shopping, delivery, or curbside pick-up options.

If you shop in-store, practice social distancing and other guidelines recommended by the CDC and SCDHEC to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

Get the details and start planning your tax free weekend by visiting for shopping lists and FAQs.

Follow SCDOR on Facebook and Twitter for tax free weekend updates, resources, and reminders.

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