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Sales tax holiday saves shoppers as kids go back to school

But you still have to pay sales tax on such things as cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, jewelry, wallets and watches.


COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- Parents can save some money on back-to-school gear this weekend as South Carolina again holds its annual sales tax holiday. The tax holiday begins Friday and continues through midnight Sunday.


During the period there is no 6 percent state sales tax or local sales taxes on a variety of back-to-school items including school supplies, clothing, bedspreads and linens, computers, printers and shoes.


But you still have to pay sales tax on such things as cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, jewelry, wallets and watches.


The state Department of Revenue projects the tax free weekend saves consumers as much as $3 million. The department says it also encourages shoppers to do their shopping with South Carolina businesses.

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