Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday

August 5-7, 2011

Clothing, computers and school supplies exempt

(up to certain dollar amounts).



Sales Tax Holidays begin on the first Friday in August each year at 12:01 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday.

• Belts

• Caps

• Coats

• Dresses

• Gloves

• Hats


Items Subject to Sales Tax Include Clothing Accessories: Belt Buckles (sold separately), Briefcases, Cosmetics, Hair Notions, Handbags, Jewelry, Patches and Emblems (sold separately), Sewing Equipment and Supplies, SewingMaterials, Sunglasses, Umbrellas, Wallets, and Watches. Protective Equipment: Breathing Masks, Face Shields, Hard Hats, Hearing Protectors, Helmets, Paint or Dust Respirators, Protective Gloves and Welder’s Gloves, Safety Glasses and Goggles, and Tool Belts. Sports or Recreational Equipment:Ballet or Tap Shoes, Cleated or Spiked Athletic Shoes, Gloves (Baseball, Boxing, Golf), Goggles, Hand and Elbow Guards, Life Preservers and Vests, Mouth Guards, Roller and Ice Skates, Shin Guards, Shoulder Pads, Ski Boots, and Wet Suits and Fins.

Clothing ($100 or less) Tax-Free Items Include:

• Hosiery

• Jackets

• Jeans

• Neckties

• Pants

• Scarves


• School Uniforms

• Shirts

• Shoes

• Socks

• Sneakers

• Underwear


School & Art Supplies ($100 or less) Tax-Free Items Include:

School Art Supplies

• Binders

• Book Bags/Backpacks

• Calculators

• Chalk

• Crayons

• Erasers

• Folders

• Glue


• Lunch Boxes

• Notebooks

• Paper

• Pens

• Pencils

• Rulers

• Scissors

• Tape


School Art Supplies

• Clay and Glazes

• Paints

• Paintbrushes

• Sketch and Drawing Pads

• Watercolors


Items Subject to Sales Tax Include School Computer Supplies: Compact Disks, Computer Printers, Computer Storage Media, Diskettes, Handheld Electronic Schedulers, Personal Digital Assistants, and Printer Supplies including Paper and Ink. Note: Textbooks and Workbooks are always exempt from sales tax.

Computers ($1,500 or less) Tax-Free Items Include:

• Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use in a trade or business, are exempt from sales tax.

• A computer is a central processing unit (CPU) that includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cables to connect components, and preloaded software.


Items Subject to Sales Tax Include Computerparts: Monitors, Keyboards, Speakers, and Scanners when not sold in conjunction with a CPU. Individually purchased Software,or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer. Storage Media: such as Diskettes and Compact disks. Handheld Electronic Schedulers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and Video Game Consoles, Computer Printers, and Printer Supplies including Paper and Ink.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

Online: www.tntaxholiday.com or www.TN.gov/Revenue

E-mail: salestax.holiday@TN.gov

Telephone: (800) 342-1003, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Central Time