Audio – Senator Keith Ingram Reporting News From 91st General Assembly
August 2nd, 2018 • News

August 2, 2018

  • This coming weekend, Saturday August the 4th and Sunday, August the 5th, will be a great time to do your back to school shopping because it is the sales tax free weekend in Arkansas.
  • That means you don’t have to pay sales taxes on purchases of clothing and footwear that cost less than $100 per item. The exemption includes local option sales taxes too.
  • Although it is typically called the “back to school” sales tax holiday, everyone enjoys the tax exemption. The purchases don’t have to be for a student.
  • Here’s an example: if you buy two shirts for $50 each, a pair of jeans for $75 and a pair of shoes for $125, the sales tax will only be collected on the shoes, because they cost more than $100.
  • Even though the total price of the shirts and the jeans added up to $175, no sales tax will be collected on them because each individual item cost less than $100.
  • School supplies qualify for the exemption, so this weekend is a good time to purchase binders, book bags, calculators, tape, paper, pencils, scissors, notebooks, folders and glue.
  • All retail stores are required to participate, so it doesn’t matter where you shop. No store in Arkansas may collect any state or local sales taxes on qualified items during the tax holiday.
  • Bathing suits and beach wear are exempt as long as they cost less than $100 per item. Diapers and disposable diapers will not be taxed. Boots, including steel-toed boots, slippers, sneakers and sandals will be exempt from the sales tax as well.
  • Sporting goods, however, will be taxed, including cleats and spikes worn for baseball and football. Also, computers, software and computer equipment are not exempt, and you will have to pay sales taxes if you purchase those items.
  • Finally, accessories and cosmetics will not be taxed, as long as they cost less than $50 per item.
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