Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, Tennessee will allow a tax-free holiday for going back to school. However, any one can make a purchase tax-free; you do not have to prove you are a student or buying for a student. The only items that will be tax-free are clothing, school supplies and computers.
Clothing ($100 or less per item) examples of tax-free clothing items include:
- School Uniforms
Tax exempt clothing items do NOT include accessories such as jewelry, bags or sports or recreational equipment like baseball gloves. When customers put clothing items on layaway during the tax-free holiday period, they will also be tax exempt when final payment and delivery is made after the exemption period.
School Supplies ($100 or less per item) examples:
- Lunch boxes
- Clay and Glazes
- Sketch and drawing pads
Specifically excluded items include instructional material, including reference books and school computer supplies (compact discs, printers and printer ink).
Computers ($1,500 or less)
Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use of trade or business, are exempt from tax. Additionally, there is no requirement that purchases be made only for students.
The following items are NOT exempt from tax:
- Computer parts, such as monitors, keyboards, speakers and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a computer set
- Individually purchased software or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer
- Storage media, such as compact discs and USB flash drives
- Handheld electronic devices
- Personal digital assistants (PDAs) and electronic readers (i.e. Kindle, Nook, etc.)
- Video game consoles
- Computer printers and supplies for printers, such as paper and ink
Places to shop during the tax-free weekend in Gatlinburg include the Mountain Mall, the Village shops and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). The great things about shopping in Gatlinburg is that all the shops are within walking distance from one another or you can catch the Gatlinburg Free Parkway trolley.
Great places to shop in Pigeon Forge include the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, the Pigeon Forge Belz Outlet Mall, the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlets- The Red Roof Mall.
Some places to shop during the tax-exempt weekend in Sevierville are the Five Oaks Mall with well known clothing stores, TJ Maxx, Belk, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Staples, and Lee and Levi stores.
There are multiple places to shop for back to school in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas near luxury cabin rentals, such as ERA In The Smokies cabin rentals, so make a last minute vacation and save on back-to-school items!