Tomorrow, Aug. 6, is the first Saturday in Aug., and in Arkansas that means it is officially Tax Free Weekend. From 12:01 a.m. CST on Saturday until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, all state and local sales tax has been waived on certain electronic devices, clothing, and school supplies, including art supplies and instructional materials. The exemptions, however, do have boundaries and in some cases are quite specific, so double check which items on your list are in-fact, tax exempt. 

 

Articles of “human wearing apparel suitable for general use,” i.e. normal clothing, are only exempt so long as the individual item costs less than $100. Clothing accessories are also exempt as long as they are under $50. Protective equipment like hard hats and safety goggles are not exempt, nor are sports equipment like ice skates, shin guards and baseball gloves. 

 

Electronic devices in this context only includes those that would be commonly used by a student in the course of study, though this still covers many things from calculators to cell phones to laptops to printers. You do not have to be a student for the item to be tax exempt, and unlike clothing, there is no price limit. 

 

School supplies refers to items commonly used by students in a course of study, be they basic items like pencils, tape, highlighters, lunch boxes, or scissors, art supplies like paint, brushes, and drawing pads, or instructional materials like textbooks. Like electronic devices, there is no price limit and you do not have to be a student. 

 

There are a host of other rules and regulations about how tax exemption factors into things like layaways, discounts, rain checks, exchanges and deliveries, as well as more complete lists of what items fall under each category. To find more information, click here to visit the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration page for the 2022 Sales Tax Holiday.

 

 

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