South Carolina’s sales tax-free holiday weekend begins Friday

Published 11:59 am Tuesday, August 2, 2022

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Those who are planning to start back-to-school shopping soon may want to schedule their purchases for this weekend.


During South Carolina’s 2022 Sales Tax Holiday, which occurs Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7, many items needed for students returning to school are exempt from the state’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes. 

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Items that are tax exempt include school supplies, backpacks, clothing and accessories, shoes, computers, printers, and certain bed and bath items. These tax-free items can be new or used and are eligible regardless of price.


South Carolina Department of Revenue defines school supplies as items used in the classroom or at home for school assignments, including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books, backpacks, lunchboxes, and calculators.


Smartphones, digital cameras, cosmetics, jewelry, eyewear, wallets, watches, refrigerators, and toiletries will not be tax-free during the Sales Tax Holiday.


As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free whether purchased in-store or online.


North Carolina suspended its tax-free holiday after 2013.


For a detailed list of tax-free items and frequently asked questions, visit