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Tax-free weekend starts Friday
Tax free weekend pic
Ella Lee, back left, Kyler Creek, right, and Charlie Lee, front, cannot wait to start back-to-school shopping. Tax-free weekend in Tennessee begins this Friday.

Tax-free weekend begins this week and this year there are three different sales tax holidays.

Tennessee’s traditional sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. this Friday, July 30, and will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 giving shoppers three days to enjoy tax-free savings. During the sales tax holiday, school supplies, clothing and computers can be purchased tax-free. 

Certain restrictions apply. For example, apparel items priced over $100 are not tax exempt and school and art supplies individually priced over $100 are not exempt. Computers that are $1,500 or less are tax free and laptops and tablet computers also qualify. 

Online items are also eligible as long as they meet the requirements.

The second sales-tax holiday is for food, food ingredients, and prepared food. This will start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30 and end Thursday, Aug. 5 at 11:59 p.m. This includes sales of prepared food by restaurants, food trucks, caterers, and grocery stores. Alcoholic beverage sales are not included in the tax exemptions.

The third tax-free holiday has already gone into effect and lasts nearly a year. From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 gun safes and gun safety devices sold at retail stores are exempt from taxes. A gun safe is defined as any locking container or enclosure equipped with a locking device intended to store firearms. 

Tax-free weekend is right before school classes resume and is a great time for parents and children to get their school supplies and back-to-school clothes.