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Missouri's Tax-Free Weekend underway through Sunday

Posted at 4:21 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 17:54:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Back to school shopping for school supplies can be taxing, but just for one weekend, Missouri wants to get rid of the tax altogether. 

This weekend is all about saving money. 

"Saving is always good," said Keeley Vail, shopper. 

Early Friday, people took their shopping sprees into the Show-Me State to cash in on some deals.

"I saved a lot of money," said Brooke Elliott, shopper. 

Starting at 7 a.m., dozens of people were lined up outside the Apple Store on the Country Club Plaza for Tax-Free Weekend, and the student deals.

"You get a student discount of $200 and then you get a discount on Apple Care and then you get free Beats," said Vail. 

At Kohl's in Lee's Summit, shoppers were searching for the perfect outfits for school. 

"You would think the older they get the less they would need, that's not true," said Kelly Marrs, shopper. 

Kohl's was only the first stop for the Marrs family. Shopping for clothes and shoes, Marrs saved about $25 in taxes at Kohl's alone. Though the savings are not the same as the Apple Store, Marrs said the savings accumulate at each spot. 

"It's so worth it and you save so much money," said Marrs. 

Other shoppers weren't exactly feeling the same way. While shoppers could save a few bucks, Tax-Free Weekend means dealing with crowds and lots of lines. 

"I'm kind of scared to see how the rest of the stores are going to be," said Taylor Orloski, Shopper. 

Not all of Missouri is participating in the Tax-Free Weekend.  Claycomo, Higginsville, Peculiar, Riverside, Smithville and Sugar Creek have all opted out. 

Tax-Free Weekend runs through Sunday. 

The sales tax exemption is limited to:

  • 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 $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators - not to exceed $150

Click here for a list of tax-exempt items