Take Advantage of the Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays and Save Money
PHB is one of the premier CPA firms Nashville residents and business owners look to for advice about saving money on taxes. Well, there is one simple way you can save money on taxes in Tennessee. And you don’t even need an appointment with us to file any kind of tax form! But, of course, we are always here for you when you do need tax advice. PHB is well known for doing business taxes in Nashville and the surrounding areas.
Obviously, if you read the title of this blog, you know that we are talking about the Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays. There are three of them:
Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers – Starts one minute after midnight on Friday, July 30, 2021 and ends one minute before midnight on Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Food, Food Ingredients & Prepared Food – Starts one minute after midnight on Friday, July 30, 2021 and ends one minute before midnight on Monday, August 5, 2021.
Gun Safes & Safety Equipment – Started on July 1, 2021 and continues for 12 months until one minute before midnight on Thursday, June 30, 2022.
Some Restrictions Apply for the Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays
Items purchased from retailers in Tennessee or from online sources that deliver the items to Tennessee are eligible. However, they must be for personal use, not for business or trade. There is no limit to the quantity of items that may be purchased. But the purchase price of each of those items must be below the threshold provided in the law.
Items that Are Eligible for Tax-Free Purchase During the Tennessee Sales Tax Holidays
Below we list both the tax-exempt items and items that are not tax-exempt for each of the three tax holidays.
Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers – July 30 – August 1, 2021
- Exempt: General apparel that costs $100 or less per item, such as shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.
- Not exempt: Apparel items priced at more than $100; Items sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum; Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment
- Exempt: School and art supplies with a purchase price of $100 or less per item, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers, and art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads, and artist paintbrushes
- Not exempt: School and art supplies individually priced at more than $100; Items that are normally sold together cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 maximum
- Exempt: Computers for personal use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less; Laptop computers, if priced at $1,500 or less, also qualify as well as tablet computers
- Not exempt: Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs; Individually purchased software; Printer supplies; Household appliances
Food, Food Ingredients & Prepared Food – July 30 – August 5, 2021
Food and Food Ingredients
- Exempt: Liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated food or beverages for human consumption
- Not exempt: Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements
- Exempt: Food that is sold in a heated state or heated by the seller. Food that contains two or more food ingredients mixed together by the seller for sale as a single item. Food that is sold with eating utensils, such as plates, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, cups, napkins, or straws provided by the vendor.
- Not Exempt: Food that is only cut, repackaged, or pasteurized by the seller
Gun Safes and Safety Equipment – July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
- Exempt: A locking container or other enclosure equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock, or other locking device that is designed and intended for the secure storage of one or more firearms.
- Exempt: any integral device to be equipped or installed on a firearm that permits the user to program the firearm to operate only for specified persons designated by the user through computerized locking devices or other means integral to and permanently part of the firearm.