Mark Your Calendar: South Carolina’s Tax-Free Shopping Weekend



ATTENTION: It’s time to mark your calendars for South Carolina’s tax-free shopping weekend which runs from August 4 to August 6.

If you’re getting ready for back to school shopping, the tax-free weekend is the time to hit all the stores! The state Department of Revenue announced that this tax-free weekend would also include approved school supply items, which means that you can save on local taxes and the state’s 6% sales tax.

Over the last several years, the state calculates that shoppers have saved between $2 million to $3 million during tax-free weekend.

Here’s just a short list of back to school items that you can save money on:


  • Athletic uniforms or clothing
  • Bathing suits and trunks
  • Belt buckles
  • Belts and suspenders
  • Blouses
  • Boots
  • Bow ties
  • Coats
  • Costumes
  • Dresses
  • Earmuffs
  • Formal clothing
  • Graduation caps and gowns
  • Hair supplies (elastic ponytail holders, barrettes, bobby pins, hair bows, hair clips and headbands)
  • Handbags/purses
  • Hats
  • Jackets
  • Jeans
  • Leotards and tights
  • Pajamas
  • Pants
  • Prom dresses
  • Raincoats/rainwear
  • Roller skates
  • School uniforms
  • Scout uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes (ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling, cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz, dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, sandals, slippers, etc.)
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Socks
  • Suits
  • Sweatpants, sweatshirts, sweatsuits, sweatbands
  • Sweaters
  • Ties/neckwear
  • T-shirts
  • Tuxedos
  • Underwear

School Supplies and Technology

  • Computer hardware and software service contracts sold in conjunction with computers
  • Computer software
  • Computers (computer parts and accessories, such as keyboards, computer monitors, scanners, etc., that are not sold in conjunction with a CPU are taxable)
  • Organizers and daily planners for school children
  • Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (this does not apply to cell phones with a PDA, computer applications or similar components)
  • Printer supplies
  • Printers (replacement parts are taxable)
  • School supplies (pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, blue books, bookbags, lunchboxes, musical instruments and calculators)

Dorm and Home

  • Bath mats, bath rugs, bath towels and washcloths
  • Bed linens, including bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers and shams, pillow cases, bed sheets and bed spreads
  • Blankets
  • Comforter sets, bed duvets and duvet covers
  • Pillows
  • Shower curtains and liners

Please note that furniture, eyewear, jewelry, cosmetics and layaway purchase are not exempt. Happy shopping!