Local Sevier County retailers are preparing for the annual Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday.
The State of Tennessee has scheduled the 2015 Sales Tax Holiday weekend from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 until Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m., and with Sevier County being a major shopping destination for residents of east Tennessee and vacationers, retail stores are preparing for that busy weekend.
Clothing and shoes, as well as school and art supplies, that cost $100 or less per item are exempt from sales tax during the Sales Tax Holiday. Accessories such as jewelry, handbags and sunglasses are still taxable.
Computers and tablets with a purchase price of $1,500 or less are also exempt. If the computer purchase price is above $1,500 the entire amount is taxable as there is no provision to exempt a portion of the sales price. Computer parts and supplies, software, storage media, printers, video game consoles and cell phones are still taxable.
Qualifying items must be below the maximum price, but there is no limit to the number of items a shopper may buy.
See the charts below for reference of taxable and tax exempt items.
While the Sales Tax Holiday is popular time for parents buying back to school supplies, clothing and shoes for kids, the event is open to everyone. Only businesses are excluded.
Purchases of qualifying items in person from retail stores throughout Tennessee, and those by mail, telephone, email and from internet retailers will qualify for the sales tax exemption if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the Sales Tax Holiday period for immediate shipment to a Tennessee address, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.
A survey of local stores found many are planning Sales Tax Holiday sales.
“We have tons of door busters going on that weekend and great deals!” said Keri Jones, store manager at Belk in Sevierville. Belk is offering extended shopping hours for the event, Friday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tanger Outlet Center in Sevierville will also have extended hours, opening 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Sales Tax Holiday hours for other Sevierville and Pigeon Forge retailers:
VF Outlet in Governor’s Crossing, 224 Collier Dr., Sevierville, Tenn.
- Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
CATO in Governor’s Crossing, 200 Collier Dr., Sevierville, Tenn.
- Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
T.J. Maxx, 617 Parkway, Sevierville, Tenn.
- Friday and Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops, 3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place, Kodak, Tenn.
- Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Sunday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
1544 Parkway. Sevierville, Tenn.
2286 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
2668 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
4109 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
- Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Retailers who would like their 2015 Sales Tax Holiday hours listed here may send information to [email protected])
Items that qualify for sales tax exemption during the Sales Tax Holiday
|Antique clothing (for wear)|
|Baby receiving blankets|
|Blackboard Chalk||School supply|
|Book Bags||School supply|
|Boots, general purpose (winter, dress, cowboy, hiking)|
|Bridal Gowns and Bridal Veils|
|Cellophane Tape||School supply|
|Choir and Altar Clothing|
|Clay||School art supplies are exempt.|
|Clothing||Exempt if $100 or less per item.|
|Composition Books||School supply|
|Computers, Notebooks, Laptops, and Tablets||Exempt if $1500 or less. Includes CPU and other bundled components such as speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables, and basic software.|
|Corsets and Corset Laces|
|Costumes, including novelty children’s costumes|
|Diapers – (adult and baby, cloth or disposable)|
|Dress Gloves and Shoes|
|Folders – expandable, pocket, plastic, and manila||School supply|
|Formal Clothing, purchased|
|Girdles, Bras, and Corsets|
|Glazes||School art supplies are exempt.|
|Glue, Paste, and Paste Sticks||School supply|
|Golf Clothing (caps, dresses, shirts, skirts, pants)|
|Graduation Caps and Gowns, purchased|
|Gym Suits and Uniforms|
|Hats, general purpose: cowboy, baseball, knit|
|Hooded Shirts and Sweatshirts|
|Index Card Boxes||School supply|
|Index Cards||School supply|
|Knitted Caps and Hats|
|Legal Pads||School supply|
|Lunch Boxes||School supply|
|Neckwear, including ties and scarves|
|Nightgowns and Night Shirts|
|Overshoes and Rubber Shoes|
|Pads, sketch and drawing||School art supplies are exempt per legislation passed in 2007.|
|Paintbrushes, for artwork||School art supplies are exempt.|
|Paints, acrylic, tempora, and oil||School art supplies are exempt.|
|Paper – loose leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board, and construction paper||School supply|
|Pencil Boxes||School supply|
|Pencil Sharpeners||School supply|
|Poster Board||School supply|
|Raincoats, Rain Hats, and Ponchos|
|Rubber Thongs, Flip-Flops|
|Running Shoes, Without Cleats|
|School Art Supplies||Clay and glazes, paints (acrylic, tempora, and oil), paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, and watercolors are exempt per legislation passed in 2007.|
|School supplies||Exempt if $100 or less per item.|
|School Supply Boxes||School supply|
|Shawls and Wraps|
|Sleepwear, Nightgowns, Pajamas|
|Socks (including athletic)|
|Suits, Slacks, Jackets, and Sport Coats|
|Tennis skirts, dresses, shoes|
|Undergarments, including longjohns|
|Uniforms||Athletic or Non-Athletic|
|Veils||Veils for general use are exempt.|
|Vests, except hunting and water|
|Wedding Gowns||$100 or less rule applies.|
Items that DO NOT qualify for sales tax exemption during the Sales Tax Holiday
|Belt Buckles||Belt buckles sold separately are not exempt.|
|Bridal apparel, other than gowns or veils|
|Cell Phones, including smart phones|
|Clothing Accessories or Equipment||Incidental items worn on the person or in conjunction with clothing.|
|Compact Disks||Computer storage media|
|Computer Software||Basic computer software purchased with a bundled system is exempt. Individually purchased software and upgraded software purchased with a bundled system is taxable.|
|Computer Storage Media||Computer storage media (diskettes, compact disks), handheld electronic schedulers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computer printers, and printer supplies (printer paper, printer ink).|
|Diskettes||Computer storage media|
|Electronic Schedulers||School computer supply|
|Emblems||Emblems sold separately are not exempt.|
|Gloves, protective or welders’|
|Guards, sports hand, elbow, mouth, shin|
|Jump Drives||Computer storage media|
|Paintbrushes, other||Paintbrushes not used for artwork are taxable.|
|Paints, other||Only acrylic tempora, or oil paints defined as school art supplies are exempt.|
|Patches||Patches sold separately are not exempt.|
|Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)||School computer supply|
|Printer Ink||School computer supply|
|Printer Paper||School computer supply|
|Printer Supplies||School computer supply|
|Printers||School computer supply|
|Protective Equipment||Items for human wear and designed as protection of the wearer against injury or disease or as protections against damage or injury of other persons or property, but not suitable for general use.|
|Respirators, paint or dust|
|School Computer Supplies||Computer storage media (diskettes, compact disks), handheld electronic schedulers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), computer printers, and printer supplies (printer paper, printer ink).|
|School Instructional Material||Reference books, and reference maps and globes. Textbooks and workbooks exempt under existing law.|
|Sewing Equipment & Supplies|
|Sewing Materials||Materials that become part of clothing are not exempt.|
|Shoes, ballet or tap|
|Shoes, cleated or spiked|
|Shoulder Pads for Dresses,|
|Shoulder Pads, sports|
|Skates, roller and ice|
|Skin Diving Suits|
|Sport or Recreational Equipment||Items designed for human use and worn in conjunction with an athletic or recreational activity that are not suitable for general use.|
|Trade or Business, items used in|
|Video Game Consoles|
For out more information about the annual Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday, visit the State of Tennessee website here.