SIKESTON -- Parents gearing up for their child's new school year may want to hold off on purchasing supplies until Missouri's sales tax holiday weekend.
The three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 8. Certain back-to-school purchases such as clothing, shoes, classroom supplies, computers and other items are exempt from state sales tax during the period.
While state sales tax will be waived on all purchases falling within set categories, county and cities choose whether they will participate. Locally, Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties will participate in the holiday. A list provided by the state of Missouri indicates that cities in those counties, with the exception of New Madrid, will also participate in the holiday.
"We think it's good thing for the people to buy school supplies and clothing that are tax free," said Jerry Pullen, mayor of Sikeston, of city council's decision to participate in the event. "We've always done it, and it's good for the merchants, too, because it keeps people shopping here and the stores busy."
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