The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • School sales tax holiday Aug. 1-3

  • People who are buying school supplies in Missouri for the upcoming school year may want to do their shopping this weekend, as they can get a tax break on qualifying purchases.
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  • People who are buying school supplies in Missouri for the upcoming school year may want to do their shopping this weekend, as they can get a tax break on qualifying purchases.
    Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers and other items will be exempt from state sales tax starting today and running through Sunday, Aug. 3, during Missouri’s Back-to-School sales tax holiday
    The qualifying purchases will be exempt from the state tax rate of 4.225 percent during this three-day period.
    Additionally, purchases made within the City of Rolla will be exempt from the city’s sales tax of 2 percent.
    Phelps County has opted not to participate in the sales tax holiday, meaning the county’s sales tax will still apply to purchases. Neighboring Pulaski and Texas counties also have opted out of the exemption for their county sales taxes.
    The state and city sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:
    • Clothing that does not have a value of more than $100. Eligible clothing includes standard items of apparel worn on or about the body, and includes footwear as well as material to make school uniforms or other school clothing.
    It does not include accessories such as watches, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belt buckles.
    • School supplies, not exceeding $50 per purchase, that are used in a standard classroom for educational purposes. School supplies include textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes.
    School supplies do not include CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable telephones, copiers or other office equipment.
    • Personal computers that don't cost more than $3,500 and computer peripheral devices that don't exceed $3,500. A personal computer can be a laptop, desktop or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, display monitor, keyboard and other related devices.
    Peripheral devices include items such as a disk drive, memory module, CD drive, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, speakers, printer, scanner, sound card or video card.
    Computer software is considered a school supply and is free from sales tax if its value is less than $350.
    The qualifying purchases must be for personal use only.
    Teachers who buy their own supplies for their classrooms can receive the sales tax exemption if they are using their own funds.
    People do not need to be a Missouri resident or a student to purchase items tax-exempt during the holiday.
    Purchases made over the Internet can also qualify for the sales tax exemption as long as the purchase occurs during the three-day period and the transaction is completed during the holiday.
    Delivery can occur after the holiday if the purchaser pays in full during the sales tax holiday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Rain checks issued for eligible items during the sales tax holidays qualify for the exemption only if the items are ordered and paid for during the holiday period.
    Items do not have to be picked up during the holiday period in order to qualify for the exemption.
    For more information, visit http://dor.mo.gov/ business/sales/taxholiday/school/
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