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July 25, 2013

Back-to-school savings available in Missouri during sales tax holiday Aug. 2-4

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri's annual sales tax holiday begins on Friday, Aug. 2 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 4. During this time, the state sales tax will not be assessed on certain purchases, including school supplies, personal computers and some clothing. Local governments can also participate in the holiday and increase the savings for shoppers during the holiday.

"The annual sales tax holiday is a perfect opportunity to get some or all of your back-to-school shopping under way and save some money," said John Mollenkamp, acting director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. "When local governments participate in the holiday, the savings can add up to as much as 8 or 9 percent."

The state sales tax will not be charged on the following items during the holiday:

The sales tax exemption is commonly referred to as the Back-to-School Sales Tax holiday because it occurs near the beginning of the traditional school year for most students. Any person -- including those who live outside of the state of Missouri - who makes a qualified purchase may participate in the holiday. An individual does not have to be a student or be purchasing for a student to participate.

More information and a list of cities, counties and districts that have opted out of the holiday can be accessed at Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday 2013

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