In-state Retailers Can Sorta Act Like Amazon Aug. 5-7

News release from Department of Revenue:
NASHVILLE – The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennesseans the
sixth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, August 5 through
Sunday, August 7.
Tennessee shoppers during these three days of savings can save nearly
10 percent on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies and computer
“The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in
mind, providing savings for families, especially as students begin to
prepare for the upcoming school year,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. ”
The holiday begins Friday, August 5 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday,
August 7 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated three-day weekend,
consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with
a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price
of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.
“As in years past, last year’s tax-free weekend was very successful,
providing Tennessee taxpayers nearly $8.6 million in tax savings” said
Revenue Commissioner Richard H. Roberts. “We are hopeful that all
Tennessee shoppers will take advantage of the tax relief provided by the
2011 Sales Tax Holiday.”
Please visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at to
learn more about the items exempt from sales tax. The Tennessee
Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail,, and through its toll-free statewide telephone
hot line, (800) 342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday
through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. (Out-of-state and
Nashville-area callers, please dial (615) 253-0600.)
Examples of exempt items include:
Clothing: Shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens,
hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms
whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves
School Supplies: Binders, book bags, calculators, tape,
chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes,
notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors
Art Supplies: Clay and glazes; acrylic, tempera and oil
paints; paintbrushes for artwork; sketch and drawing pads; and
Computers: Central processing unit (CPU), along with various
other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect
components and preloaded software (Note: While the CPU may be purchased
separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in
order to be eligible.) iPads and other tablet computers are eligible for
tax exemption, while video games and consoles are not.

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