The annual Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday will begin this Friday across the state and will continue through Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by statute, are exempt from state sales tax for this time period only. The Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a-m this Friday and will run through Sunday evening at midnight.
Shoppers in counties that have opted out of the Sales Tax holiday will have to pay the county sales tax on these items. Pulaski, Phelps, Camden, and Texas counties have opted out, which means shoppers in these counties will have to pay the county sales tax but not the state sales tax.
Furthermore, cities in this area who have opted out of the Sales Tax holiday include Waynesville, Houston, and Licking, which means shoppers in these communities won’t have to pay the state sales tax for back to school items, but will have to pay the city sales tax, and if their county also has opted out of the Sales Tax holiday, they will have to pay the county sales tax as well.
Some rather large cities in the state have opted out of the sales tax holiday, such as Springfield, Columbia, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Moberly, and Joplin.