By state law, the back to school sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.
This year, the three-day holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 5th, and runs through Sunday, August 7th.
Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the state law are exempt from state sales tax for this time period only. That amounts to a savings of four point two two five percent on eligible purchases.
Cities and counties can opt out of the sales tax back to school holiday by notifying the Missouri Department of Revenue. Among those from this area that plans to continue to collect local sales taxes on back to school items include Trenton, Chillicothe, Marceline, Green City, and Pattonsburg.
Area counties opting out, thus allowing them to continue collecting local sales taxes include Grundy, Mercer, Putnam, Livingston, Linn, and Carroll.
Also continuing to collect local sales tax is the regional jail district of Daviess and DeKalb counties.