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'Tax free' weekend is August 6-8 in South Carolina

The Department of Revenue reports that shoppers in South Carolina bought more than $18.1 million during the 2020 sales tax holiday.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina has announced when residents will get the chance to shop tax-free this year as parents begin preparing for the upcoming school year.

The tax-free holiday will run from Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 8 for this year. South Carolinians will be able to shop for school supplies, clothing, and other items. Eligible items can be bought online or in-store without the six percent sales tax.

"Tax-Free Weekend is a great way for South Carolina shoppers to save money, and it's also a great way to demonstrate our support of South Carolina businesses who have struggled this past year," said South Carolina Department of Revenue Director Hartley Powell in a statement.

The Department of Revenue reports that shoppers in South Carolina bought more than $18.1 million during the 2020 sales tax holiday.

While many electronic and accessory items are included on the list, others are not, including:

  • Briefcases and wallets
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Computers used in a business
  • Cosmetics
  • eReaders
  • Furniture
  • Glasses and contacts
  • Jewelry
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Office supplies
  • Sports equipment
  • Videogame consoles

For more exhaustive lists of what is and isn’t included in the tax-free weekend and what you can do to prepare, check the Department of Revenue Tax-Free Weekend website.