Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Here's what you need to know to make the most of the S.C. Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

If shopping is on your to-do list at the beach this weekend, you’re going to save a few bucks.

Shoppers will not pay sales tax on many items – including clothing, bathing suits, beach towels, linens, computers and school supplies - during South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 4 and wraps up Sunday.

Splurge on that new bathing suit for your vacation. Stock up on the bath towels, bed linens and bath mats you need to outfit your rental house. Or just get that souvenir Myrtle Beach T-shirt. 

Shoppers won’t pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax and applicable local tax on those and many other items on the long list of tax-free items this weekend.  

Not everything will be tax free. Shoppers will still pay taxes on jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, wallets, watches and other items including many household goods such as window curtains, wastebaskets, cookware, table placements, toys and others.

Be sure to check if the items on your shopping list are tax free before heading to the store.

All retailers participate in the tax-free weekend, and many offer special discounts on top of the sales tax savings.

Shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the sales tax holiday in previous years, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.

Happy shopping!