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Shop in Missouri this weekend without paying sales tax on school supplies

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 09:40:23-04

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — When you buy school supplies, clothing and computers in most Missouri cities this weekend, you won’t pay sales tax. The state offers the sales tax holiday to help parents prepare for the back-to-school season.

The savings last from Friday, Aug. 2 to Sunday, Aug. 4.

Walmart is one of many retailers expected a big crowd during the sales tax holiday.

“If Black Friday and Christmas are essentially the Super Bowl, back to school is the World Series. Easiest way to think about it because it is such a big deal,” said Charles Crowson, a spokesperson from Walmart.

If you’d rather avoid crowds during the sales tax-free weekend, Walmart allows you to order online and pick up your order at a Missouri-based store and still save.

The sales tax exemption applies to school supplies less than $50, clothing less than $100, and computers less than $1,500.

You do not have to live in Missouri to avoid paying sales tax. And you do not need to be going back to school to benefit either. Anyone can buy the eligible items minus sales tax.

Sales tax rates vary from city to city and even within each city. Certain municipalities opted out of the sales tax holiday. To see which cities are not participating, click here.