Missouri back-to-school sales tax-free weekend: Everything you need to know

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
  • Alton
  • Ash Grove
  • Ashland
  • Aurora
  • Ballwin
  • Battlefield
  • Bellerive Acres
  • Berkeley
  • Beverly Hills
  • Black Jack
  • Blackwater
  • Bland
  • Bloomfield
  • Bolivar
  • Boonville
  • Branson
  • Brentwood
  • Bridgeton
  • Byrnes Mill
  • Cabool
  • California
  • Camdenton
  • Canton
  • Cape Girardeau
  • Carl Junction
  • Carthage
  • Cassville
  • Centertown
  • Chamois
  • Charlack
  • Chillicothe
  • Claycomo
  • Clayton
  • Clinton
  • Collins
  • Columbia
  • Cool Valley
  • Crystal City
  • Des Peres
  • Desloge
  • DeSoto
  • Doniphan
  • Edmundson
  • Eldon
  • Eldorado Springs
  • Ellisville
  • Ellsinore
  • Elsberry
  • Everton
  • Fair Grove
  • Farmington
  • Fayette
  • Fenton
  • Ferguson
  • Festus
  • Flint Hill
  • Freeman
  • Fremont Hills
  • Frontenac
  • Fulton
  • Garden City
  • Gerald
  • Glasgow
  • Granby
  • Grandin
  • Grant City
  • Green City
  • Greendale
  • Half Way
  • Hartville
  • Hawk Point
  • Hayti
  • Higginsville
  • Hollister
  • Holts Summit
  • Houston
  • Ironton
  • Jane
  • Jefferson City
  • Joplin
  • Kennett
  • Kingdom City
  • Kirkwood
  • Koshkonong
  • Ladue
  • Laurie
  • Leadington
  • Liberal
  • Licking
  • Loma Linda
  • Malden
  • Manchester
  • Maplewood
  • Marble Hill
  • Marceline
  • Marlborough Village
  • Marshfield
  • Marthasville
  • Merriam Woods Village
  • Meta
  • Moberly
  • Montgomery City
  • Moscow Mills
  • Mount Vernon
  • Mountain Grove
  • Mountain View
  • Naylor
  • Neosho
  • New Haven
  • New Madrid
  • New Melle
  • Nixa
  • Noel
  • Norborne
  • North Kansas City
  • Northwoods
  • Oakland
  • Osage Beach
  • Overland
  • Owensville
  • Ozark
  • Palmyra
  • Paris
  • Pattonsburg
  • Peculiar
  • Pevely
  • Platte Woods
  • Poplar Bluff
  • Purdy
  • Qulin
  • Reeds Spring
  • Richmond
  • Richmond Heights
  • Riverside
  • Rock Hill
  • Rockaway Beach
  • Savannah
  • Sedalia
  • Seligman
  • Shelbina
  • Shrewsbury
  • Skidmore
  • Smithton
  • Smithville
  • Springfield
  • St Ann
  • St Elizabeth
  • St Mary
  • St Peters
  • Ste Genevieve
  • Stockton
  • Sugar Creek
  • Taos
  • Thayer
  • Town & Country
  • Trenton
  • Twin Oaks
  • University City
  • Urich
  • Vandalia
  • Velda
  • Walnut Grove
  • Warson Woods
  • Washburn
  • Waynesville
  • Webster Groves
  • West Plains
  • Willard
  • Willow Springs

 

Counties Not Participating
  • Audrain
  • Barry
  • Benton
  • Bollinger
  • Boone
  • Callaway
  • Camden
  • Carroll
  • Cedar
  • Christian
  • Clinton
  • Cole
  • Cooper
  • Dade
  • Dallas
  • Greene
  • Grundy
  • Henry
  • Howard
  • Howell
  • Iron
  • Jasper
  • Lawrence
  • Linn
  • Livingston
  • Mercer
  • Moniteau
  • Morgan
  • Newton
  • Oregon
  • Osage
  • Ozark
  • Phelps
  • Pike
  • Polk
  • Pulaski
  • Putnam
  • Ray
  • Reynolds
  • Saline
  • Shelby
  • St. Francois
  • Ste Genevieve
  • Stoddard
  • Stone
  • Taney
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Webster
  • Wright

 

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
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