SC tax free holiday underway

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina is among 12 states offering shoppers a sales tax break this weekend.

The sales-tax holiday extends from Friday to midnight Sunday. It shaves state and local sales taxes from clothes, computers and other back-to-school items.

That means shoppers will save up to 8.5 percent, depending on local taxes. The state tax rate is 6 percent.

The Federation of Tax Administrators says 17 states offer tax-free holidays this year, 12 of them this weekend. South Carolina’s began in 2000.

While the weekend is touted as savings for back-to-school items, the list of exempt items can be confounding.

For example, backpacks for school are tax-free, but backpacks for hiking aren’t.

Wedding dresses, diapers and hunting vests are tax-exempt, but cellphones, watches and sports equipment are not.

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