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Shopping tax-free in SC this weekend? Here’s what to know.

What to know for SC’s tax free weekend

South Carolina shoppers can save money on school supplies this weekend. From Aug. 2-4, supplies such as pencils, crayons, clothes and bedding will be tax free.
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South Carolina shoppers can save money on school supplies this weekend. From Aug. 2-4, supplies such as pencils, crayons, clothes and bedding will be tax free.

South Carolina shoppers can save money on school supplies this weekend.

From Aug. 2-4, supplies such as pencils, crayons, clothes and bedding will be tax free.

“Customers are able to save more money that may help them buy an extra shirt, an extra backpack,” said Russell Sinclair, store manager of the Lake Wylie Walmart Supercenter. “Making their dollar go farther.”

According to the Department of Revenue, these items are tax-free:

  • School supplies: Binders and folders, art supplies, school uniforms, scissors, glue, tape, calculators, bookbags, books and more
  • Bed and bath items: Washcloths, shower curtains and liners, mattress pads, bed spreads and comforters, blankets and more
  • Clothing and accessories: Shoes, skates, bridal gowns, graduation caps and gowns, Scout uniforms, belts, hair accessories, active wear, sleepwear, dance and orthopedic shoes, scarves, vests and more
  • Computers and technology: Computers, accessories such as keyboards and monitors when sold with computers, printers, software and printer supplies

Items not tax-free include: Backpacks and musical instruments not used for school, paper towels, cookware, sleeping bags, table cloths, mattresses and box springs, jewelry, sporting equipment, safety equipment, cosmetics, briefcases, glasses and sunglasses, cameras, cell phones, eReaders and video game consoles.

A full list of tax-free items is available on the Department of Revenue’s website.

Multiple stores, including Target and Walmart, offer online ordering and pick-up in the store.

South Carolina is eliminating the six percent state sales tax for back-to-school essentials from August 2-4. See what will be tax free in this video.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.
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