Tax-FREE Weekend in Tennessee!

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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:

  • Belts
  • Capsclothes
  • Coats
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Hosiery
  • Jacketssneakers
  • Jeans
  • Neckties
  • Pants
  • Scarves
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Socksschool-uniform
  • Sneakers
  • Underwear

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:

  • Bindersbackpack
  • Bookbags/backpacks
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Eraserscalculator
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Lunch boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencilspaintbrushes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sketch and drawing pads
  • Watercolors

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.computer

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.noc

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.tanger-five-oaks

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!

Tennessee Tax Free Weekend 2012 – Shop & Stay in the Smokies!

Subscribe to A Day in the Smokies!At first glance “sales tax holiday” doesn’t sound very exciting. After all, when are taxes EVER exciting? But if you look closer, you’ll realize that this is a holiday FROM sales tax!! The Smokies offer tons of shopping anyway, for those shop-a-holics out there… and on tax-free weekend every year, shop-a-holics come from far and wide to enjoy that statewide discount here in the Smokies! This year, tax-free weekend is August 3-5, 2012. There are more places to shop here than I could possibly put on one blog, but here are a few of our favorites!

The Village ShopsThe Village Shops– “For Gatlinburg Shopping at its best, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stop light #6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lays one of the Smokies most unique destination shopping experiences in Gatlinburg near Pigeon Forge, TN. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint European village atmosphere right near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Baskins Square MallBaskins Square Mall Gatlinburg– Baskins Square Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 14 shops from Claires, to Mountain Woodcarvers, to the Mountain Edge Grill! Come on down!

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”

Reagan Terrace MallReagan Terrace Mall– Reagan Terrace Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 13 shops from Midieval Blades, to Old Timey Photos, to Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies! Don’t miss out!

Tanger Outlet MallTanger Outlet– The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Incredible Christmas PlaceIncredible Christmas Place– “[They] are the South’s largest Christmas village, surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Christmas spirit comes to life [ther] daily with over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees, novelty Christmas Lights, Department 56 Villages, Personalized Ornaments, and custom floral arrangements designed exclusively at The Incredible Christmas Place.”

Belz Factory Outlet WorldBelz Factory Outlet World– “Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge are the largest, most convenient and only climate-controlled outlet shopping highlight in the area. We feature more than 65 outlet stores offering everything from apparel and footwear to homes goods and fragrance.”

The Old Mill SquareThe Old Mill Square– “The Old Mill Square complex of restaurants, bakery, pottery and craft shops is more of a total destination than a single stop among an abundance of area tourist attractions, certainly as much so as the Tanger Factory Outlet Malls, or Dollywood, or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.”

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet MallPigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall– “Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, also known as the “Red Roof Mall,” is a wonderful opportunity for exceptional outlet shopping when you are in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Sevierville areas. Our stores offer a variety of products and factory outlet experiences. From perfumes to snacking and from clothing to books and tools, we have it all for low prices you can’t beat.”

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