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2019 Missouri Tax Free Weekend Guide: Back to School Sales

Time to save big at Back to School Sales during Missouri Tax Free Weekend!

The sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 2nd at 12:01 am, running through Sunday, August 4th at midnight. So, if you have back to school shopping to do…this is the time to do it. 

Even if you live in Kansas, just head over the state line. You do not need to be a Missouri resident to participate in big back to school savings. 

Back to School Sales Tax Free Weekend

This year, the tax-free weekend runs from Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th. So, stock up on back to school supplies, computers, back to school clothing, shoes & other items that are exempt from sales tax. 

You can shop basically anything in Back to School sales tax-free. 

When is 2019 Missouri Tax Free Weekend?

The sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 2nd at 12:01 am, running through Sunday, August 4th at midnight. So, if you have back to school shopping to do…this is the time to do it. 

Every year, the Missouri sales tax holiday is held on the first Friday of the month through that Sunday night. So, mark this weekend on your calendar. Circle, highlight & star this Tax Free Weekend…it’s worth it. 

Where Can I Shop Tax Free?

You can shop any store, but only certain items are included in the tax break. See below for a full list of what is included in the Back to School Tax Free Weekend. 

There are some cities and counties opting out of the tax holiday, like Smithville, Peculiar, Claycomo, Chillicothe, Garden City, Platte Woods & others. So, check which cities opted out before you head out to shop. 

What Can I Buy During Tax Free Back to School Sales?

Back to School Tax Free Weekend is limited to personal items related to Back to School season. Items like back to school shoes, clothing & school supplies are all include. Here is a full list of tax exempt items for 2019:

  • Back to School Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer/technology software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators  not to exceed $150

Back to school clothing is considered any article of clothing to be worn on your body. This INCLUDES DIAPERS for babies, as well as footwear. Back to school clothing does NOT include watches, jewelry, purses, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles & umbrellas. 

School supplies are considered items used in classrooms for educational needs including notebooks, paper, art supplies, backpacks & book bags, calculators (including graphing), chalk, & globes. This does NOT include radios, headphones, phones, office equipment, furniture or sporting equipment. 

This Missouri tax free weekend applies to state & local sales taxes, when they choose to participate. You can find a complete list of cities not participating online. 

If you are a teacher, you can also purchase school supplies for your classroom during the Back to School Tax Free Weekend. 

What Computers & Accessories Included in Back to School Tax Free Sale?

Personal computers included in tax free weekend are laptops, desktops or tower computers (CPU, RAM, display monitor & keyboard). 

If you aren’t a computer wiz, here is a full list of what is considered “personal computers & computer peripheral devices”:

Back to School sale computers

You can find more specifics on what is exempt during the sales tax holiday in Section 144.049, RSMo.

What Items Aren’t Included in Tax Free Weekend?

There are a wide variety of items that aren’t included in Missouri Tax Free Weekend. There are honestly too many to list, but below is a list of items that are NOT included in the sale that may get confused with things potentially included in the Back to School Sale:

Items not included in tax free weekend

If one or all of your local taxing jurisdictions are not participating in the sales tax holiday, the state’s portion of the tax rate (4.225%) will remain exempt for the sale of qualifying sales tax holiday items.

You can find Tax Free Weekend Guidelines straight from the Missouri Department of Revenue for more info. Find the consumer guides or FAQs too. 

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