Note: Missouri's 2013 tax free shopping dates have not been released yet. However, based on last year's dates (shown below), it is likely that Missouri's main tax free holiday will occur between August 2-4, 2013. This page will be updated once those dates are officially confirmed on Missouri's web site.
The state of Missouri is offering two tax free weekend events during 2012. One (called the "Show Me Green" sales tax holiday) applies only to Energy Star products, and the other applies to general merchandise. By taking advantage of these events, you can help your family save money on your back-to-school shopping needs, as well as any appliances you need to purchase or update.
Missouri's Tax Free Weekend Dates:
Missouri's "Show Me Green" Sales Tax Holiday runs from April 19-25, 2012. This sales tax exemption applies to the purchase of qualifying energy star certified appliances, up to $1,500 each.
Missouri's Tax Free Weekend for back-to-school supplies and clothing runs from August 3-5, 2012 and applies to the following items:
- Clothing under $100
- School supplies under $50
- Computer software under $350
- Computers/computer equipment under $3,500
Smart Shopping Strategies for Tax Free Weekend:
Remember to use common sense when you shop. That's the best way to save even more more during tax free weekend. For example, compare prices online before you go shopping, and try to use coupons whenever you can.
In addition, don't make the mistake of buying anything you don't need just because of the sales tax holiday. After all, the sales tax rate in Missouri is only 4.225%, so that's the amount - plus any local sales tax, if applicable - that you would be saving by shopping during the tax free weekend. It's entirely possible that you'll find greater savings by shopping either before or after the actual sales tax holiday, so pay attention to sales circulars and advertisements for your favorite retailers.
Keep in mind, as well, that not all cities and counties in Missouri participate in the annual tax free weekend event each year, so you'll need to check with your local government to find out whether you can expect the sales tax savings in the area where you live.
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