Tax Free Weekend is this weekend!

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Surpassed only by the weekends before Christmas and Thanksgiving, South Carolina's tax free holiday is the third largest shopping period in the state.

This year, Sales Tax Holiday weekend runs from Friday, August 1 at 12:01 am through Sunday, August 3 at midnight.

It's the fifteenth year for shoppers to save six percent on state sales tax and also on any applicable local taxes on the purchase of school supply items.

Charleston's sales tax is at 8.5 percent, while Berkeley County is at 8 and Dorchester shoppers will save 7 percent.

To see the local sales tax in the area in which you plan to shop, click here.

According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, shoppers will also save about $3 million over the course of the weekend and businesses will benefit by encouraging taxpayers to do their back-to-school shopping in South Carolina.

During this time, taxes will not be imposed on items such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, book bags, computers, printers, bedspreads and linens.

SCDOR officials say that with the growing popularity of computer tablets, portable devices that have computing functions which allow users to access multiple software applications are considered computers and are therefore tax-exempt, provided they do not allow users to make telephone calls.

But what may be more surprising are the items on the tax-free list provided by the South Carolina Department of Revenue - adult diapers, pajamas, roller skates, lingerie, bridal gowns and more.

Nonexempt items during the weekend include:

  • jewelry,
  • cosmetics,
  • eyewear,
  • furniture, or items placed on layaway
  • cell phones{}

For more information about this year's Sales Tax Holiday, including a sample list of exempt and nonexempt items, visit the SC Department of Revenue website,, under the "What's New" section.

To see the full list of what is tax free, click here.