During the first weekend of August in South Carolina, shoppers can save some money on back-to-school purchases. The tax-free weekend starts Friday, August 3, 2018, and goes until Sunday, August 5, 2018.
In fact, shoppers will get a break from both the state’s sales tax and any local sales taxes. In recent years, South Carolina shoppers saved about $2 million on essential items because of the tax-free holiday.
What items are tax-free this weekend?
The legislation about the tax-free weekend in South Carolina includes a specific list of items you can buy without having to pay local and state taxes.
Here are a few of the common back-to-school items you may want to buy between August 3 and August 5, this year:
- Sports equipment like soccer shoes, running clothes, ice skates, etc.
- School uniforms
- Musical instruments
- Desktop and laptop computers
If you have a child that’s headed to college soon, you’ll save money when you buy these essentials during South Carolina’s tax-free weekend:
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
- Computer software
- Bath towels
- Clothing, including pajamas and athletic clothing
- School supplies (pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, binders, etc.)
Even if your children aren’t yet old enough to attend school, you can save on taxes by stocking up on these items this weekend:
- Diapers (cloth and disposable)
- Baby clothes
- Blankets and crib bedding
Not every state has a tax-free weekend. For example, there’s no such holiday in Georgia, this year.
Participating in the sales tax-free weekend is a great way to save the tax charge on some of the things your family needs during this busy back-to-school time.