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.
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