As students get ready to head back to school, North Carolinians have a chance to save a little money this weekend as North Carolina celebrates a tax free weekend. The tax free holiday begins Friday, Aug. 3 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 5.
Clothing, footwear and school supplies of $100 or less per item are just a few of the items that are tax free this weekend.
“Clothing is defined as all human wearing apparel suitable for general use including coats, jackets, hats, hosiery, scarves, and shoes,” a statement from North Carolina officials said.
Items that are included in the tax free holiday are aprons, athletic supporters, baby receiving blankets, bandannas, bathing suits and caps, belts and suspenders and boots and overshoes. Other items include coats, jackets, capes, and wraps, costumes, diapers, earmuffs, gloves and mittens and formals. The formals cannot be rentals.
Garters, girdles, leotards and tights, panty hose, socks; stockings and footlets, underwear, insoles for shoes, jogging suits, lab coats, neckties, rainwear, rubber pants, sandals, shoes and shoelaces, slippers, sneakers and steel-toed shoes. Other clothing items also include uniforms and wedding apparel that are not rentals.
For those looking for school supplies, the tax free weekend offers school instructional material of $300 or less per item.
For those needing to get ready for the sporting season can also benefit from the tax free weekend. Sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item are also a part of the tax free weekend.
Computers, including tablet computers and netbooks, with a sales price of $3,500 or less per item will also be tax free this weekend.
“A computer is an electronic device that accepts information in digital or similar form and manipulates it for a result based on a sequence of instructions. For purposes of the exemption during the sales tax holiday, a computer includes a central processing unit, monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers since these items are deemed to be necessary in the operation of the computer,” the statement said.
However, for those looking for an eReader will have to pay full price. eReaders are not considered computers and does not qualify for tax exemption.
Computer supplies of $250 or less per item is also part of the tax exemption weekend. Supplies include computer storage media, handheld electronic schedulers, personal digital assistants, computer printers, and printer supplies for computers, including printer paper and printer ink. Cellular phone devises are not tax exempt.
Finally, school instructional materials with a sales price of $300.00 or less per item are also part of the tax free weekend.
“School instructional material is written material commonly used by a student in a course of study as a reference and to learn the subject being taught. The term is mutually exclusive of the terms “school supply” and “computer supply,” the statement said.
The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and lasts until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The state has celebrated the tax free holiday since 2002.