NC’s final sales-tax holiday is this weekend

Local shoppers can save money on a variety of items soon, as Aug. 2-4 marks North Carolina’s final wide-ranging tax-free weekend.

The annual sales tax holiday has been in place for over a decade, but will end after this year do to a tax reform measure Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed into law.

Timed to correspond to when students are preparing to head back to school, the weekend’s tax exemption applies to a variety of items, including:

• Clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100

• School instructional materials under $300

• Sports and recreation equipment under $50

• Computers under $3,500

• Computer supplies under $250

• Tablet computers and netbooks of $3,500 or less per item qualify

• An eReader with enhanced computing functions, such as internet access, e-mail, and the ability to download and run applications, is a computer for purposes of the sales tax holiday period.  Basic eReaders are not computers and are subject to tax during the holiday

In addition, the state will offer tax-breaks one last time this fall on qualifying energy star certified appliances. The sales-tax will be waived Nov. 1-3 on the following Energy Star purchases:

• Clothes washers

• Freezers

• Refrigerators

• Central air conditioners

• Room air conditioners

• Air-source heat pumps

• Ceiling fans

• Dehumidifiers

• Programmable thermostats

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