North Carolina is offering two tax free weekend events during 2013. The first tax free weekend applies to general merchandise, and the second applies only to Energy Star products. Plan your kids' back-to-school shopping, along with the purchase of any major appliances, around these two events to take advantage of the best savings.
North Carolina' Tax Free Weekend Dates:
North Carolina' Tax Free Weekend: The tax free weekend for general merchandise purchased in North Carolina is scheduled for August 2-4, 2013 and applies to the following items:
- Clothing, footwear, and school supplies under $100
- Sports and recreation equipment under $50
- Computers under $3,500
- Computer equipment under $250
North Carolina's Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday: In North Carolina, the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for November 1-3, 2013 and applies to the following Energy Star purchases:
- Clothes washers
- Central air conditioners
- Room air conditioners
- Air-source heat pumps
- Geothermal heat pumps
- Ceiling fans
- Dehumidifiers, and
- Programmable thermostats
Smart Shopping Strategies for Tax Free Weekend:
The best way to save even more more during tax free weekend is to use good common sense. For example, make sure that you compare prices at several different stores, whether online or in person, and use coupons when you can.
In addition, don't buy anything you don't need just because of the tax free weekend. After all, the sales tax rate in North Carolina is 4.75%, so that amount - plus any local sales tax, if applicable - is what you'd be saving during the sales tax holiday. In reality, you may find that you're able to save more money during the week before or the week after the sales tax holiday, so don't confine yourself to doing all of your back-to-school shopping during North Carolina's tax free weekend event.
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