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July 30, 2012

Every year, the State of Tennessee holds their Tax Free Weekend in Tennessee the first Friday in August at 12:01am and ends that following Sunday evening at 11:59pm. This year, the dates are August 5th thru August 7th, 2011. This is a great time to check out the back to school deals in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville TN! Here is just a sample of the high end retailers that have stores in the Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area:

  • Adidas
  • Banana Republic
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Carter’s
  • Children’s Place
  • Disney
  • Gap
  • Hartstrings
  • Loft
  • Nike
  • Old Navy
  • Polo Ralph Lauren
  • Strasburg Children

Some of the stores will be open extended hours to accommodate shoppers. The Pigeon Forge/ Sevierville area is full of great stores and outlet malls where you can find some great deals! Here is a list of items that are tax exempt and also items that are taxable;

Clothing – $100 or less
Belts, Caps, Coats, Dresses, Gloves, Hats, Hosiery, Jackets, Jeans, Neckties, Pants, Scarves, School uniforms, Shirts, Shoes, Socks, Sneakers, Underwear

Clothing Accessories:
Belt Buckles (sold separately), Briefcases, Cosmetics, Hair Notions, Handbags, Jewelry, Patches and Emblems (sold separately), Sewing Equipment and Supplies, Sewing Materials, such as Thread, Fabric, Yarns and Zippers, Sunglasses, Umbrellas, Wallets

Protective Equipment:
Breathing Masks, Face Shields, Hard Hats, Hearing Protectors, Helmet, Paint or Dust Respirators, Protective Gloves and Welder’s Gloves, Safety Glasses and Goggles, Tool Belts

Sports or Recreational Equipment:
Ballet and Tap Shoes, Cleated or Spiked Athletic Shoes, Gloves (Baseball, Boxing, Golf), Goggles, Hand and Elbow Guards, Life Preservers and Vests, Mouth Guards, Roller and Ice Skates, Shin Guards, Shoulder Pads, Ski Boots, Wetsuits and Fins

School Supplies – $100 or less
School Supplies:
Binders, Book Bags/ Backpacks, Calculators, Chalk, Crayons, Erasers, Folders, Glue, Lunch Boxes, Notebooks, Paper, Pens, Pencils, Rulers, Scissors, Tape

School Art Supplies:
Clay and Glazes, Paints, Paintbrushes, Sketch and Drawing Pads, Watercolors

School Computer Supplies:
Compact Disks, Computer Printers, Computer Storage Media, Diskettes, Handheld Electronic Schedulers, Personal Digital Assistants, Printer Supplies that also includes Paper and Ink

School Instructional Material – Textbooks and workbooks are always exempt from sales tax

Computer – $1,500 cap
Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use in a trade or business, are exempt from sales tax. For purposes of this exemption, a computer is defined as a central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components, and preloaded software.

Computer parts, such as monitors, keyboards, speakers, and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a CPU .. Individually purchased software or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer .. Storage media, such as diskettes and compact disks .. Handheld electronic schedulers .. Personal digital assistants (PDAs) .. Computer printers and supplies for printers, such as paper and ink

If you need more information on the TN Tax Free Weekend, you can go to www.tntaxholiday.com

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