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Take a sales tax break: Exempt items include clothes, computers and school supplies

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Area businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday next weekend, said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

The special weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7.

 “This holiday will stimulate much needed sales to local businesses, while providing citizens sales tax relief,” Yager said.  “I know how hard it is for parents to meet these needs in economically challenging times.  I encourage all the citizens of the 12th district to take advantage of the 2010 Sales Tax Holiday. And wherever you can, please shop at home to help the local economy."

During the designated three-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Clothing includes shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms and scarves.  School supplies include items used by a student in a course of study.  It also includes binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors.

Visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue online at www.tntaxholiday.com or www.TN.gov/revenue for details.

Information is also available to Tennessee residents and merchants via email at salestax.holiday@tn.gov or toll free at 1-800-342-1003. The phone line is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.