Retailers expect crowds for upcoming sales tax holiday

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Mississippi’s sales tax holiday isn’t Christmas, but for retailers, it’s close.
From 12:01 a.m. Friday to midnight Saturday, shops will not collect sales tax on eligible clothing and footwear priced under $100.
“It’s turned into another Black Friday,” said Jeff Snyder, general manager for The Mall at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo, referring to the day after Thanksgiving that is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The third annual tax holiday is a win-win for shops and shoppers.
“It’s a great time to shop if you want to save a little money,” said Jade Gaskin, owner of Luxe Boutique in downtown Tupelo.
Gaskin is one of eight downtown merchants who have extended the tax-free weekend by picking up the sales tax tab for customers all week.
“I’ve definitely seen more foot traffic this week,” Gaskin said.
As a general rule, if it can be worn at school and is priced less than $100, the item is eligible for the sales tax holiday. If the item is specifically for a sport, like cleated shoes, it is not eligible.
“When you put it on top of the already enticing back-to-school sales, it’s really important on both sides,” Snyder said.
Mall stores will open early – at 9 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday, and close late – 10 p.m. both days.
Northeast Mississippi is well-positioned to take advantage of cross-border shoppers for the tax-free holiday.
“Our 90-mile trade area expands on the Tax Free Holiday well into Tennessee and Alabama,” Snyder said.
michaela.morris@journalinc.com

Tax-Free Items
WHAT’S ELIGIBLE
Shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, shoes, underwear, socks, workout clothes, rain coats, winter coats, Scout uniforms, football and baseball jerseys, swimsuits, belts, pajamas, costumes and baby clothes.

INDIVIDUAL ITEMS MUST BE PRICED LESS THAN $100.
WHAT’S NOT

Backpacks, school supplies, computers and electronics, helmets, sports safety gear, accessories, jewelry, cleated shoes, jazz and dance shoes, gloves, galoshes, shoe laces, graduation caps and gowns, diapers and baseball and football pants.

ANY ITEM PRICED $100 OR MORE.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST
, visit the Department of Revenue website at www.dor.ms.gov.
12:01 A.M. FRIDAY to midnight Saturday