Sales tax 'holiday' weekend approaches

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"I object to limiting the sales tax holiday to only two days, which may deny hardworking taxpayers with children the chance to take advantage of this sales tax holiday", Walker wrote at the time as part of his veto message. That's because shoppers went shopping over the weekend in droves.

Not everything you may want to purchase though will be exempted from sales tax, but most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks (under $100) will be tax-free. The weekend offers tax exemptions for clothing, accessories, handbags, shoes, bath towels, blankets, bedspreads, school supplies, book-bags, and computers.

The sales tax holiday runs through Sunday, August 5, and all retailers in the state are required to participate.

People may wait to make large item purchases and increase sales during the tax exempt period, though Wisconsin's holiday limits this significantly.

For information, visit and look at the department's "Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions" page. The discount applies to purchases made in stores and online. The move is expected to cost the state almost $15 million in lost revenue.

For clothing, the price of the item must be $75 or under. Senate Bill 226 has established the tax-free weekend as a permanent day. Items normally sold in pairs shall not be separated to qualify for the exemption.

The Exchange tried to contact the Laurinburg Walmart to see if there is a dip in sales during the tax-free weekend due to people traveling to SC but there was no word back.