The 3-2-1 On Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend

It’s tax free weekend in Tennessee, folks! Before you go crazy at the mall saving that 9.25%, be sure you know what’s covered and what’s not. Here’s a quick guide to Tennessee’s Tax Free weekend:

When: Now! Tennessee’s 2011 tax free weekend started at 12:01am on Friday, August 5 and ends Sunday, August 7 at 11:59pm. We just wish our weekend started at 12:01am on Friday.

Where: Any retailer in Tennessee that sells items covered under the sales tax holiday.

What’s covered: Clothing and school supplies that are $100 or less and computers that are $1,500 or less.

Clothing: Belts, caps, coats, dresses, gloves, hats, hosiery, jackets, jeans, neckties, pants, scarves, school uniforms, shirts, shoes, socks, sneakers and underwear are included.

School supplies: Binders, book bags/backpacks, calculators, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, tape, clay & glazes, paints, paintbrushes, sketch/drawing pads and watercolors.

Computers: Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use in a trade or business. Computer is defined as a central processing unit that includes a monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers, cables to connect components and preloaded software.

What’s not covered: Stuff that’s not clothing, stuff that’s not school supplies, and stuff that’s not computers. Easy!

Non-clothing: Clothing accessories (belt buckles, briefcases, cosmetics, hair notions – er, what? -, handbags, jewelry, patches and emblems, sewing equipment and supplies, sunglasses, umbrellas, wallets and watches). Protective equipment (breathing masks, face shields, hard hats, hearing protectors, helmets, paint or dust respirators, protective gloves, safety glasses and goggles, tool belts). Sports or recreational equipment (ballet or tap shoes, cleated or spiked athletic shoes, baseball/boxing/golf gloves, goggles, hand and elbow guards, life preservers and vests, mouth guards, roller and ice skates, shin guards, shoulder pads, ski boots, wet suits and fins).

Non-school-supplies: School computer supplies (compact discs, computer printers, computer storage media, diskettes, handheld electronic schedulers, PDAs, printer supplies including paper and ink).

Non-computers: Computer parts (Monitors, keyboards, speakers and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a CPU). Individually purchased software, or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer. Storage media (diskettes and compact discs, handheld electronic schedulers, PDAs, video game consoles, computer printers and printer supplies including paper and ink).

Sales, specials and other bargains: Many retailers use tax free weekend as a time to offer killer sales, specials and extended hours, even if their items aren’t covered under tax free weekend. If you know of any more, leave ‘em in the comments. Happy savings!

Preds/Bridgestone Arena Tax Free Weekend: Pick up Preds full season or half season tickets this weekend, and Smashville will pick up the tab for your tax. The arena is also offering tax free tickets to the Casting Crowns show on October 14 this weekend. Order online here, or call 615-770-7800.

Turnip Truck’s Better-than-tax-free Weekend: Food isn’t included in tax free weekend, but it is at the Turnip Truck this Saturday & Sunday! Get 10% off your entire purchase at both stores. We’ve got some grocery shopping to do…

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