If you have shopping to do before the kids go back to school in Mississippi, for 36 hours July 26-27, is a tax free holiday throughout the Magnolia State.
The tax free weekend started Friday at 12:01 p.m. Friday and will last until 11:59 p.m. Saturday night.
At noon, the Southaven Towne Center already had big crowds. The state's sales tax adds up and Mississippians are out there taking advantage of it before the kids head back to school Aug. 8 in DeSoto County.
The word that comes to mind is throngs, it looks a little like Christmas shopping in July.
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The crowds have already descended. The mission is clear.
"To come out and get real deals on shoes and clothes," said shopper Olivia Stamps, shopping at the Southaven Towne Center. She was among the droves out looking for a back to school deal minus the seven percent Mississippi sales tax.
Included in the sales tax holiday are clothing and footwear, if the sale price of a single item is less than $100.
The trouble is there is a huge list of items that are not tax free that you might want to read up on before you hit the mall. Rules and regulations regarding discounts and rebates and rain checks are also in effect.
This sales tax holiday only applies to clothing and what clothing it applies to is somewhat restrictive, it doesn't apply to accessories such as jewelry, handbags, luggage, briefcases and whatnot under state law.
If you are looking for deals on school supplies you can find them Aug. 2-4 weekend in Tennessee and Arkansas. The Volunteer State will hold its sales tax holiday Aug. 2-4. You can save on certain clothes, school supplies and computers.
In the Natural State, you can get a tax break on clothes as well as school and art supplies Aug. 3-4.