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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend
Tax Free HolidayAugust 5, 2009 - The State of Tennessee's Annual Sales Tax Holiday is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night.

This year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 7th and ends Sunday, August 9th at 11:59 p.m.

TAX FREE ITEMS include the following:

($100 or less per item) ($100 or less per item) ($1,500 or less)
  • Belts
  • Caps
  • Coats
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Underwear
  • Hosiery
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Neckties
  • Pants
  • Scarves
  • Binders
  • Book Bags/Backpacks
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Erasers
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Lunch Boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sketch and Drawing Pads
  • Watercolors
  • Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, notfor use in a trade or business, are exempt from sales tax.

  • A computer is a central processing unit (CPU) that includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cables to connect components, and preloaded software.

  • ITEMS SUBJECT TO SALES TAX include the following:

    Clothing Accessories:
    Belt Buckles (sold separately), Briefcases, Cosmetics, Hair Notions, Handbags, Jewelry, Patches and Emblems (sold separately), Sewing Equipment and Supplies, Sewing Materials, Sunglasses, Umbrellas, Wallets, and Watches.

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

    Sports or Recreational Equipment:
    Ballet or 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, and Wet Suits and Fins.
    School Computer Supplies: Compact Disks, Computer Printers, Computer Storage Media, Diskettes, Handheld Electronic Schedulers, Personal Digital Assistants, and Printer Supplies including Paper and Ink.

    Textbooks and Workbooks are always exempt from sales tax.
    Computer Parts:
    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) and Video Game Consoles, Computer Printers, and Printer Supplies including Paper and Ink.

    For more information, please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

    E-mail: salestax.holiday@TN.gov
    Phone: 800-342-1003
    Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Time
    Website: www.tntaxholiday.com

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