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Back-to-school shoppers can save on tax-free holiday

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Whether you’re shopping for a new outfit or stocking up supplies for the kids’ upcoming school year, you can save money by shopping on Mississippi’s tax-free holiday.

The annual event, where many items are exempt from sales taxes, falls on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, this year. Eligible items include clothing and school supplies.

Almost all clothing priced under $100 per piece is eligible for tax exemption over the two days, including raincoats, school uniforms, most shoes and boots, and gym clothes.

Most school supplies are tax exempt as well, including textbooks, crayons and paste. The $100 threshold per item also applies to those school items.

Shoppers can purchase qualifying items by any method. In addition to shopping in brick-and-mortar stores, you can buy from internet sites, or by mail or phone; however, all items must meet the $100 threshold limit and must either be purchased or shipped to Mississippi to be eligible.

Among the items not eligible for the tax exemption are jewelry, watches, umbrellas and most sports equipment.

For complete information on the tax-free holiday including lists of eligible and non-eligible items, download this document from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.

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