See which items will be tax-free during Tennessee sales tax holiday, July 26-28


As students prepare to return to school in August, shoppers can save money on select items during Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday this weekend, July 26-28.

Beginning Friday, sales tax will not be collected on clothing, shoes, school supplies and other related items priced $100 or less per item and computers priced $1,500 or less per item. Shoppers can save nearly 10 percent on more than 150 different items, according to the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

A few exempt items include:

  • shoes and socks
  • jackets
  • pencils, pens, markers
  • art supplies
  • school uniforms
  • clothing, including jeans, athletic clothing and pajamas
  • notebooks, paper, folders and notepads

The holiday does not exempt cell phones, video consoles and watches. Additionally, accessories such as handbags, cosmetics, sunglasses and jewelry will still include sales tax.

Stores that sell eligible items are required to participate during the sales tax holiday. The Tennessee Department of Revenue said qualified items sold online or by mail or telephone will also count for the sales tax exemption, but customers must order and pay for the item during the holiday.

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

Eligible items will be exempt beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. A full list of exempt and non-exempt items is available at

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