Missouri back-to-school sales tax-free weekend: Everything you need to know
5:03 PM, Jul 20, 2011
6:47 PM, Aug 5, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The Missouri sales tax holiday weekend is coming up fast. This year, shoppers get an earlier start on the big weekend.
By Missouri law, it is the first weekend in August. This year, shopping began at midnight Aug. 5 and runs through Aug. 7.
Missouri sales tax, set at 4.225 percent, will be waived that weekend on everything back to school.
According to the Missouri Department of Revenue website, the following items will not be taxed:
* Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
* School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
* Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
* Personal computers – not to exceed $3,500
* Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $3,500
Each year, stores are swamped, especially those selling electronics.
Overland Park shoppers like Suze Blackman say they are tempted to cross the state line into Missouri and purchase electronics that weekend.
"A computer would be a great thing to wait for," Blackman said.
Kansas City, Kansas shopper Monica O'Hanlon feels the same way.
"I like to save my bigger purchases for when I can get the best deal on them. That would be something I would be tempted to buy during that weekend," she said.
Some stores are planning special hours. Employees at the Apple store on the Plaza said they will open earlier than normal.
The Missouri sales tax holiday is a hit with shoppers but some critics believe there's a better way to give consumers a tax break.
A group called "The Tax Foundation" says people will save $10 or $20 dollars but they'll have to fight crowds and stand in line to do it.
Instead, the group proposes spreading out the tax breaks.
"We're not opposed to giving tax cuts but there's a better way to give tax cuts and that is to cut the sales tax rate all year for everyone and don't discriminate by what people buy, when they buy it or how much it costs."
Some cities like Claycomo and North Kansas City have decided not to take part in the tax free weekend. Below are the cities, counties and tax districts not participating in the tax holiday.
Cities Not Participating
Merriam Woods Village
North Kansas City
Town & Country
Counties Not Participating
Tax Districts Not Participating
1225 Washington Community Improvement District
1225 Washington Transportation Development District
8750 Manchester Road Community Improvement District
Arnold Retail Corridor Transportation Development District
Ballwin Town Center Transportation Development District
Boonville Riverfront Transportation Development District
Branson Landing Transportation Development District
Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Community Enhancement District
Briarcliff Parkway & Highway 9 Transportation Development District
Broadway Fairview Transportation Development District
CenterState Transportation Development District
College Station Community Improvement District
College Station Transportation Development District
Commercial Street Community Improvement District
Conley Road Transportation Development District
Cozens/MLK/Grand Community Improvement District
Crackerneck Creek Transportation Development District
Crowne Plaza Community Improvement District
Crowne Plaza Transportation Development District
CWE Business Community Improvement District
Des Peres Corners Transportation Development District
Fulton South Business 54 Transportation Development District
Gravois Bluffs Transportation Development District
Grindstone Plaza Transportation Development District
Hanley Road Corridor Transportation Development District
Hanley Station Transportation Development District
Hanley/Eager Road Transportation Development District
Harrisonville Town Center Transportation Development District
Hazelwood Commerce Center Community Improvement District
Heers Tower Community Improvement District
Highway 71/291 Partners in Progress Transportation Development District
Independence Events Center Community Improvement District
Interstate Plaza Northtown Village Transportation Development District
James River Commons Community Improvement District
Koch Plaza Transportation Development District
Lake of the Woods Transportation Development District
Manchester/Ballas Community Improvement District
Market at McKnight 1 Transportation Development District
Meadows Transportation Development District
Northwest Area Community Improvement District
Orpheum Theatre Community Improvement District
Park Hills Transportation Development District
Prewitt Point Transportation Development District
Randolph County Ambulance District
Regional Jail District of Daviess and Dekalb Counties
Rock Bridge Center Transportation Development District
Salt Lick Road Transportation Development District
Shoppes at Stadium Transportation Development District
SNI Valley Fire Protection District
St Francois Ambulance District
St Louis Convention Center Hotel Community Improvement District
St Louis Convention Center Hotel Transportation Development District
Station Plaza Transportation Development District
Stone Ridge Transportation Development District
Suemandy Drive One Community Improvement District
Suemandy Drive Two Community Improvement District
Suemandy/Mid Rivers Community Improvement District
Taney County Ambulance District
Truman Village Community Improvement District
University Place Transportation Development District
Warsaw Lincoln Ambulance District
Wentzville Parkway I Transportation Development District