A big addition to the sales tax holiday weekend for Tennessee this year involves an extended period to buy food tax-free. The normal sales tax holiday for clothing, school supplies and computers began at 12:01 a.m. today and will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. During this time frame, those items may be purchased taxfree, with certain restrictions applying. Items sold online are also eligible. Items must be purchased for personal use, not for business or trade. Buyers will pay no tax on the following items during the weekend: • General apparel that costs $100 or less for each item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc. • School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less for each item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads and artist paintbrushes. • Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less. • Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers. The tax-free food holiday started at 12:01 a.m. today and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 5. In addition to food from restaurants, the holiday includes food from groceries, unlike a similar weekend in 2020. The state defines the eligible items for sales tax exemptions as “food ingredients” and “prepared food.”

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