Electronic tax

Here’s what will be tax-free in South Carolina this weekend


A sign marks the exterior of a Best Buy store. The annual South Carolina sales tax exemption is fast approaching.


Stock up on school supplies during South Carolina’s annual sales tax holiday this weekend.

Computers, clothing, school supplies and other items can be purchased without sales tax from Friday to Sunday.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue would like to remind shoppers that qualifying items can be purchased online and in-store without paying 6% state sales tax and any applicable local taxes over the weekend.

Last year, South Carolina shoppers purchased more than $24.5 million worth of zero-rated items during the sales tax holiday.

“With the cost of living rising, this year’s sales tax exemption is a welcome relief for families. Everyone saves money during a tax-free holiday, especially on back-to-school essentials,” SCDOR Director Hartley Powell said in a press release on Tuesday.

Zero-rated items may be new or used and are eligible regardless of price.

Zero-rated items

  • computers
  • printers
  • school supplies
  • Clothes and accessories
  • shoes

Non-zero-rated items

  • Digital cameras
  • smart phones
  • jewelry
  • beauty products
  • eyeglasses
  • wallets
  • watches
  • furniture

For a detailed list of duty-free items, shopping lists and FAQs, visit dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.

Patrick McCreless is the on-duty journalism editor for The State, where he and a team of reporters write about the hottest news of the day and topics that help readers in their daily lives and better inform them about their communities. He attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama and grew up in Tuscaloosa, AL.