Tennessee Sales Tax-Free Weekend is August 7-9, 2015! Shoppers to Find Incredible Savings in the Smokies!

Tennessee’s sales tax-freetennessee-sales-tax-holiday-august-heysmokies weekend is scheduled for August 7-9, 2015 and shoppers in the Great Smoky Mountains will find incredible savings!

The state’s annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 7 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Shoppers in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg will save 9.75% on qualified purchases.

Tourism polls rate shopping as the #1 activity for visitors to the Smokies, so it will be a super busy weekend and area retailers are gearing up for it. The shopping mecca, Tanger Outlet Center, in Sevierville will open early at 8:00 a.m. on Friday & Saturday; closing at 10:00 p.m. those days. Hours on Sunday are 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Most area retailers and big box stores are also having great sales during this time, so your savings can be quite considerable!

A few words for the shopping wise during the Tennessee Sales Tax-Free Weekend: plan ahead and arrive early. Because of the crowds, this isn’t the time for browsing. Make a list of your needed items and get in and get out. It’s guerrilla shopping at its finest. This strategy leaves you time to relax and enjoy a great meal at some of the area restaurants. This season has seen the opening of quite a few new names like Harpoon Harry’s  and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, and Quaker Steak Oil & Lube and Panda Express in Sevierville.

Qualified items for Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday include clothing and school supplies. Clothing and school supplies must cost $100 or less per each item. Accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry and handbags (not backpacks) are still taxable.

Computers and tablets are also included in the Sales Tax Holiday; they must have a purchase price of $1,500 or less. Computer parts and accessories, printers, storage media, software, video game consoles are taxable. Cell phones and business purchases are not included in the tax holiday and are taxable.

There is no limit on the quantity of qualified purchases. Shoppers may buy from online retailers or shop by telephone, mail or email during the tax-free weekend.

For more details and information, visit www.tntaxholiday.com.

 

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