South Carolina 's annual Sales Tax Holiday set for Aug. 7-9

A shopper watches while a store employee rings up her purchases during a past South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday. 

Shoppers will have an opportunity to save money during South Carolina’s annual Sales Tax Holiday.

The 72-hour event is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 9, according to a news release issued by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

During the Sales Tax Holiday, consumers will be able to buy computers, clothing, school supplies and other items without having to pay South Carolina’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes.

“In these difficult times, Tax Free Weekend is a great way for South Carolina shoppers to save money; and even more, it's a time to support our South Carolina businesses,” said Department of Revenue Director Hartley Powell in a prepared statement. “Don’t forget, online purchases of eligible items are tax-free too, so check out your favorite local retailer's website.”

The products purchased can be new or used.

Items that won’t be tax free during the Sales Tax Holiday include digital cameras, smartphones, jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, wallets, watches, furniture, rental clothing or footwear, as well as products for use in a trade or business.

Last year, South Carolina shoppers bought more than $21.7 million in tax-free items during the Sales Tax Holiday.

The first day of school in Aiken County is Aug. 17.

For more information, visit dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.

​Dede Biles is the Aiken County government, business and horse industry reporter for the Aiken Standard. For more access to these types of articles subscribe at my special rate. Click here