State’s sales tax holiday begins today

JC, Cole County jurisdictions opt out

This photo taken July 3, 2014 shows a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet computer and a pen to precisely write on its touchscreen, posed for a photo on a bench in a Microsoft design lab in Redmond, Wash. Back-to-school shoppers in Missouri will pay less in sales tax on computers and other school-related supplies over the weekend, thanks to the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

This photo taken July 3, 2014 shows a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet computer and a pen to precisely write on its touchscreen, posed for a photo on a bench in a Microsoft design lab in Redmond, Wash. Back-to-school shoppers in Missouri will pay less in sales tax on computers and other school-related supplies over the weekend, thanks to the state’s annual sales tax holiday. Photo by The Associated Press.

Back-to-school shoppers in Missouri will pay less in sales tax over the weekend, thanks to the state’s annual sales tax holiday.

Both Jefferson City and Cole County again have opted out, which means city and county sales taxes totaling 3 percent still will be collected. But the 4.225 percent collected by the state will not be collected today, Saturday and Sunday for purchases in five categories:

• Clothing — any article of clothing with a taxable value of $100 or less.

• School supplies not exceeding $50 per purchase.

• Computer software with a taxable value of $350 or more.

• Personal computers not exceeding $3,500.

• Computer peripheral devices not exceeding $3,500.

In Jefferson City, excluding special taxing jurisdictions such as Capital Mall, Kohl’s and the east-end Walmart, consumers normally pay 7.225 percent sales tax.

For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/consumers.php.

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