Florida's Back-to-School tax-free holiday begins this Friday


Ohio's Sales Tax Holiday runs this weekend. In April, Gov. Scott Walker used a partial veto to extend the period to five days. This sales tax free weekend has been going on in MS for ten years.

Computers up to $750 and tablets and software up to $250 are also tax free.

But all three of Louisiana's neighbors have back-to-school holidays in place this year.

Marketing and Special Leasing Representative from the Colony Square Mall, Kevin Pinson, said this weekend always draws in a bigger crowd than normal.

The new school year is just around the corner, and that means Missouri's tax-free weekend is coming up, too. "I think Louisiana not having that tax free brought people over and of course, we get people from Alabama too that want to take advantage".

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However, some cities, including Joplin, Carthage, Carl Junction, Mount Vernon, Cassville, and Springfield will still collect city sales tax.

Qualifying Energy Star or WaterSense products (must be purchased for noncommercial or personal use): $2,500 or less per item.

Exempted items during tax-free weekend include shoes and clothing under $100 per item, computers under $1,000, computer hardware under $500 and school supplies under $30 per item. Another tip: Hollenbeck says look for discounts and coupon availability on certain items.

The list of tax-exempt items includes: ice packs, most batteries, portable radios, duct tape, notebook paper, diapers and light bulbs.