This year, Tennessee has not one, but three tax free holidays! They range from clothing and school supplies to groceries and even gun safety equipment. Knoxville Moms is here to help you take advantage of them all. First, mark these dates on your calendar:
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023: Gun Safes & Safety Equipment
July 29, 2022 – July 31, 2022: Clothing, School Supplies, and Computers
August 1, 2022 – August 31, 2022: Food & Food Ingredients
Next, we’ll explain what purchases qualify in each of these categories. The gun safes and gun safety equipment tax holiday is new this year, so we all have something to learn. Qualifying gun safes for the sales tax holiday have locking containers equipped with a padlock, key lock, combination lock or other device to store guns securely. This sales tax holiday runs until June 2023, so there is plenty of time to make your purchases.
The popular clothing, school supplies, and computers sales tax holiday is back in 2022. Any clothing item that is less than $100 qualifies. School supplies like binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pen, pencils, rulers and art supplies are also eligible. Once again, each of those individual items must cost less than $100 per item. Computers, laptops and tablets for personal use are also included in the sales tax holiday as long as they have a purchase price of $1,500 or less. There are some unexpected clothing items that will be tax free including wedding gowns, bowling shirts and more. For a complete list of exempt items, click here. Online purchases for this sales tax holiday will also be tax free although there may be some restrictions.
The new grocery sales tax holiday is welcome especially with the rising cost of food. Best of all, this sales tax holiday will last the entire month of August. A good rule of thumb for this sales tax holiday is if you can find it in a grocery store, it’s included. However, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, dietary supplements and prepared food will not be tax free. Keep in mind that food purchased at a “micro market or vending machine” is subject to sales tax. The state estimates this sales tax holiday will save Tennesseans more than $80 million.