Tax-free weekend offers deals for back-to-school shopping in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The tax-free weekend for back-to-school shopping in Missouri begins Friday, Aug. 1 and ends Sunday, Aug. 3.

It is happening in a select number of cities and counties. Visit the Missouri Department of Revenue's website to see if your area is not part of the sales tax exemption weekend.

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According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, the sales tax exemption is available for the following items:

  • Clothing: No sales tax is rendered for any article of clothing less than $100.
  • School supplies: School supplies are tax-free if they do not exceed $50 per purchase.
  • Computer software: The taxable value of the software must be $350 or less.
  • Personal computers: The price cannot exceed $3,500 in order to receive the sales tax exemption.
  • Computer peripheral items: Cannot exceed $3,500.

The Department of Revenue explains in further detail what falls under the sales tax exemption: 

Additionally, several stores are offering additional deals for the tax-free shopping holiday.

  • JCPenney: In addition to sales on clothes and dorm room items, JCPenney is offering $10 haircuts and $29.99 eyeglasses for kids. Mom can also get a special deal – a $25 mini makeover at the JCP salon.
  • Kmart: Kmart has up to 40 percent off junior’s and young men’s clothing in addition to $10 for select children’s hoodies, tops and jeans. It is also offering a sale on futons and up to 20 percent off on TVs and electronics.
  • Target: Target is offering a Back-to-Class Sale Event, which has kids’ jeans, shirts and shorts on sale. Women’s and men’s shorts are 25 percent off. Target is also offering $10 off your $40-plus pickup order through Aug. 2 when you order online and select to pick up the items at the store.
  • Walmart: As part of its Back-to-College Savings Event, Walmart is lowering prices on popular dorm room amenities, including bookshelves, lamps, mini fridges and bed sheets. Pens, crayons and Post-It notes are also on sale, as well as select electronics.

Independence Center will be open extended hours during the tax-free weekend. The mall will be open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3.

The Staples at Zona Rosa was quickly approaching 100 customers by noon Friday, and store manager Beth Freeman said this will be the busiest weekend of the year.

"We usually have all hands on deck," Freeman said. "There's no request off this weekend, and everybody is here. We kind of have fun, bring in lots of food. They love this excitement because it's easier to work when it's busy."

Teresa Short did some back-to-school shopping with her daughter and spent nearly $200. The sales tax at Zona Rosa is 9.45 percent, so Short saved about $20. 

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