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Back-to-school sales tax weekend underway

Tax free weekend will be from Friday, August 4 to Sunday, August 6 (KRCG 13)

Shoppers preparing to go back to school will not have to pay the state sales tax this weekend in Missouri but some will still have to pay city or county taxes.

"A lot of cities and counties in the last couple of years have opted out of it," Once Upon a Child manager Heather Smith said.

Smith explained although Columbia and Boone County does not participate, the free sales tax holiday is remains to be a big weekend for them with thousands of people coming out to shop.

"It's very very busy. A lot of times we compare it to like Black Friday shopping," Smith said. "So it's that kind of same intensity of everybody trying to get out and get a little bit of a break. Everybody likes a sale."

Clothing, personal computers and school supplies are the items customers can qualify for the sales tax holiday Friday through Sunday.

Even though the state sales tax will not be imposed for the three days, there is a list of areas that will still charge city and county taxes.

Smith said for their store they will pay the city and county tax to give their shoppers the full sale.

"And we're actually discounting the city and county tax for them. So it's full tax-free," Smith said. "They get that extra little break that they don't get at a lot of other retail places."

According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school shopping was expected to reach $83.6 billion in 2017.

And as a part of two, Smith said every little bit helps.

"It's basically just to give thanks to our customers. We know that it can get expensive for them," Smith said.

And Jefferson City is also one of those cities that does not participate.

Mayor Carrie Tergin said the city has not participated in the sales tax holiday for about 10 years. She explained the city relies on the sales tax revenue to fund several important projects.

But Tergin said if the benefits outweigh the cost and there was interest, they would consider it in the future.

Here's a complete list of the items that qualify:

Also for a list of the cities that do not participate, click here.

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