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Save on Back-to-School Clothes & Supplies This Weekend


Synchronize your watches. Missouri’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Through Sunday, shoppers will not have to pay sales tax on items such as clothing, school supplies and computers.

Missouri state law allows a sales tax holiday for back-to-school purchases the first weekend of August. However, don’t go looking for a tax break on the Kansas side of the state line, where a similar law has been proposed but not passed. Kansas House Bill 2287 is languishing in the Committee on Taxation.

Also, the sales tax holiday is not celebrated everywhere in the state of Missouri. Local and county governments have the option to opt out, and many — feeling the pinch of this recession — have done just that. So you’re out of luck if you want to do your back-to-school shopping in North Kansas City.

For more information, including lists of cities and counties that will not be participating and a description of purchases that may be exempt from sales tax this weekend, take a look at the Missouri Department of Revenue website: http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/

The Revenue Department has also produced a short video with basic information about the program:

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.

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