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North Carolina Sales Tax Holiday 2013

Tax-Free Shopping Weekend is Here!


It's back to school time already? It is, and shopping for new clothes and supplies is in full swing. But let's be honest - it can get a little expensive. There is a way to ease some of the sting, though - with the North Carolina tax free weekend. One weekend each year, North Carolina eases the state sales tax on certain items (about 7%).

The 2013 N.C. tax free weekend is Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4.

Since we're so close to the state border in Charlotte, it's also good to note that South Carolina's tax holiday is this weekend as well.

What's included in the tax free weeekend?
Clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item will be exempt from sales tax.

What's not included in the tax-free weekend?
The specific types of items that are exempt from sales tax are defined above. Everything else is not included. Remember, items aren't exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team.

Does every store participate?
Participation in the sales tax holiday is required. Retailers may not “opt out” of the holiday.

Also, rebates do not affect the sales price of an item for the sales tax holiday. Example: a computer priced at $4,000 with a $600 rebate is not exempt from sales taxes because the amount of the rebate is not considered when determining whether the computer is more than the $3,500 limit for computers.

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