SOUTH CAROLINA (WFXG) - South Carolina's annual tax-free weekend kicks off Friday. School is just around the corner so if you need get some last minute items or start your school shopping, this is a great time to do so. The 6% sales tax will be waived on several items, including clothing, accessories, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, and computers. Those shopping will also find tax free items for the home and dorm room. It's important to note that items like jewelry, cosmetics, eye wear, furniture, and layaway purchases are not exempt.
In previous years, South Carolina shoppers have saved around $2.2 million. Bonnie Swingle, Public Information Director for the South Carolina Department of Revenue, says this will also be good for business owners as well. "Some of our retailers near the borders could experience increased traffic from shoppers out of state who live close to South Carolina and want to take advantage of the tax-free weekend."
South Carolina has been waiving this sales tax since 2000. According to Swingle, there aren't any changes this year. If you want to dodge the store crowds you do have the option to shop online. The same rules apply online as they would in stores. "That might save some time, if you want to do some online shopping. The order does need to be placed and paid for either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday of this weekend. You can't put it in your shopping cart and pay for it later."
This waiver started at midnight Friday and will run until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. For a list of the exempt items you can visit this link.