FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2018
Kansas City, Missouri, residents are preparing to take advantage of the three-day sales tax holiday that starts Friday, Aug. 3, and ends on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Shoppers who purchase certain items of clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers at KCMO stores will not have to pay any city sales tax. The holiday works in concert with Missouri’s annual tax-free weekend.
To help reduce costs for families preparing for the school year, the following retail purchases are exempt from respective sales taxes during the 2018 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday:
- Articles of clothing, shoes and cloth or other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing with a taxable value of $100 or less
- School supplies (textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes) not to exceed $50 per purchase
- Personal computers with taxable value of $1,500 or less
- Computer software items with taxable value of $350 or less
- Computer peripheral devices not to exceed $1,500
- Graphing calculators not to exceed $150
Some items will not be exempt from sales tax. These include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, belt buckles, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop phones, copiers or other office equipment.
Media inquiries and other requests for more information should be directed to Mari Ruck, Commissioner of Revenue, at 816-513-4990.