Back-to-School tax holiday this weekend – Arkansas News

Back-to-School tax holiday this weekend – Arkansas News

Back-to-School tax holiday this weekend

Parents, students can save on clothing, supplies & more

ralphhardin@gmail.com Back in 2011, the Arkansas State Legislature approved an annual statewide sales tax holiday for the first weekend in August, just in time for backtoschool shopping. This weekend, buy any items from the approved list and pay no sales tax. While the tax holiday is on only on certain items, virtually anything students might need for the upcoming school year is eligible: School supplies, art supplies, clothing, shoes and other back-to-school shopping items are all tax free during the holiday, just ahead of the start of another school year.

Marion and West Memphis public school students, as well as those atttending West Memphis Christian, report to class on Monday, Aug. 14, for the first day of the 2017-2018 academic year. Kids in Earle will get an extra day of summer break, going back on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

Arkansas’ 2017 tax holiday will be Saturday Aug. 5 and Sunday Aug. 6. The Arkansas Tax Free Weekend applies to clothing and footwear of all sizes priced at less than $100 per item, certain clothing accessories priced at less than $50 per item and most school supplies. About.com shopping expert Jennifer Wolf offers some tips for getting the most out of the opportunity.

“Being a sensible shopper is the best way to save even more during tax-free weekend,” says Wolf. “For example, comparing prices at several different stores, which you can do online, and plan on using coupons when you can.”

Wolf also says to only get what kids need. Most schools have supply lists available either at the school or at local retailers….

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