August 1, 2014

Missouri’s back-to-school sales tax holiday underway

Several Kansas City area communities and special taxing districts will still collect their taxes.

Missouri’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday got underway Friday, exempting purchases of certain supplies, clothing and computers from sales tax.

The tax-exempt holiday runs through Sunday.

Items that qualify for the holiday:

Clothing, including footwear. This includes cloth and other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. Not included in the exemption are watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands and belts.

An article of clothing can’t exceed $100.

Personal computers. A laptop or desktop computer system and devices like microphones, modems, mouse, printers and scanners.

Personal computers and devices cannot exceed $3,500.

School supplies. Items uses in a standard classroom like textbooks, notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, art supplies, back packs, calculators, chalk and globes. Computer software not exceeding $350 is also exempt. Some of the items not included are in the holiday are radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop phones and furniture.

School supplies are not to exceed $50 per purchase.

Several Kansas City communities have opted out of the tax holiday. Shoppers should expect to pay city sales taxes in Claycomo, North Kansas City, Platte Woods, Riverside, Sedalia and Smithville. As well as county taxes in Ray County.

Also, some special taxing districts, like Crackerneck Transportation Development District in Independence, Independence Event Center Community Improvement District, Raytown Highway 350 Transportation Development District and Briarcliff Parkway Highway 9 Transportation Development District in Kansas City, North, will collect their tax.

For an Excel listing of communities cities, counties and taxing districts not participating in the tax holiday, click here.

For more information on the holiday and what items are exempt, go to the Missouri Department of Revenue’s tax holiday website.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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