First of two tax-free weekends begins today

The first of two Tennessee Tax Free Weekends is under way. It last until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The first of two sales-tax free weekends in Tennessee has gotten underway in the Lakeway Area.

For this year only, the Tennessee General Assembly approved two separate sales tax holiday weekends. During these weekends, certain goods may be purchased tax free.

This tax-free holiday weekend focuses on clothing and other back-to-school items. It began at 12:01 a.m. today and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday. During this time, clothing, school supplies, computers and other qualifying electronic devices may be purchased tax-free. Certain price restrictions apply depending on retailer.

Exempt items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchased for personal use only.

Items available are as follows:

Clothing

Exempt: General apparel that costs $200 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes or dresses.

Not exempt: Apparel items priced above $200. Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay under the $200 maximum. Jewelry, handbags or sports and recreational equipment are also not exempt.

School Supplies

Exempt: School and art supplies with a purchase price of $200 or less per item, such as binders, books, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads and artist paintbrushes.

Not exempt: School and art supplies individually priced at more than $200. Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $200 maximum

Computers and

Other Electronics

Exempt: Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $3,000 or less, as well as tablets, smartphones and electronic readers with a purchase price of $3,000 or less. Televisions and video game consoles with a purchase price of $3,000 or less are also exempt.

Not exempt: Storage media, such as flash drives and compact discs, individually purchased software, printer supplies and household appliances.

Second tax-free weekend next weekend for restaurants

The second tax-free holiday weekend focuses on restaurant sales.

It begins at 12:01 a.m. on August 7 and ends Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m.