Sales tax holiday set to help parents prepare for back to school

Mark your calendars, and get your shopping carts ready.

Tennessee’s once-a-year sales tax holiday weekend happens July 26 through July 28.

During this holiday period, shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on more than 150 different items, including clothing, school supplies and computers as students prepare for the back-to-school season. State and local taxes will not be collected on exempt items that cost $100 or less per item and computers that cost $1,500 or less.

The sales tax holiday weekend is for everyone, not just students or even just Tennesseans. Anyone who wants to shop in Tennessee during the last weekend of July will be eligible to save on sales tax.

“The sales tax holiday means hard-earned dollars go back into the hands of Tennessee families,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “We encourage everyone to participate and take advantage of the savings during what can be an expensive time of year.”

Tennessee law provides for a sales tax holiday each year during the last weekend in July. This year, the sales tax holiday begins July 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ends July 28 at 11:59 p.m.

“This is an important savings opportunity for everyone,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “We want to remind people about it because it only happens one weekend a year.”

For more information about the sales tax holiday, including frequently asked questions and a full list of tax-exempt items, please visit