Shoppers, retailers anticipate start of sales tax-free weekend

Shoppers, retailers anticipate start of sales tax-free weekend Friday


6 News Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday will get underway Friday.

The event is held every year on the first Friday in August and ends the following Sunday night. 

It allows Tennessee shoppers to purchase a wide range of items without paying state and local sales tax on those purchases.

This year's tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday and will continue to Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

Not all items are exempt from sales tax during the weekend, but it doesn't matter if the items are purchased in stores, over the phone or online.

Exempt items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Complete List of Sales Tax-free Items

Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Amanda Marr says the Tanger outlets draw a large crowd each year for the tax free weekend. Many of the shoppers are from out of state and are vacationing in the area.

Amy Dettman is from Florida. She was in Sevierville Wednesday vacationing and visiting family with her two boys.

"We're shopping around here and going to see some of the sights, with this one up here, he likes dinosaurs," said Dettman, pointing to one son.

Dettman says she plans to spend part of her time shopping for good deals at the outlets, especially this weekend when she can make purchases and not pay sales tax.

"I will definitely be shopping for clothing for myself, for the kids, for my husband -- shoes, everything," said Dettman.

Signs were out Tuesday reminding shoppers of the tax holiday. Some businesses have put out additional merchandise and many stores plan to bring in more employees to work during the weekend.

Marr says tax-free weekends bring many shoppers from all over to Sevierville.

"Tax-free weekend will be very busy this year. Just in talking to some of the hotels already people are sold out for this weekend," said Marr.

Marr says many businesses are offering special sales and extended hours. Tanger outlet stores will also offer a sidewalk sale during the tax-free weekend.

"It's a great opportunity for people to spend a little bit less getting ready to go back to school, and being able to spend more money on their vacation and more time together with their family," said Marr.

Dettman expects to save hundreds of dollars this weekend.

"It will go into gas, the next vacation, baby stuff. I'll buy more than I would have bought since I've saved money," said Dettman.

Local governments are reimbursed by the state for lost sales tax revenues during the weekend.

State officials say Tennesseans save $8 to $10 million in tax payments each sales tax holiday weekend.

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