Wisconsin sales tax holiday about to begin

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Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, and ending at midnight Sunday, Oklahomans will be able to shop for many items with a temporary exemption from sales tax.

Senate Bill 226 has established the tax-free weekend as a permanent day.

School supplies priced at $50 or less per item: includes textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, backpacks, handheld calculators, graphing calculators, chalk, maps, and globes.

When they eliminated the holiday, N.C. lawmakers said the state had lost more than $13 million in revenue from the tax-free weekend in 2013, the previous year it was conducted. "We are really excited to kick off back-to-school with a brand new Pickup Tower in our store", said Store Manager Jason Sachs at the Walmart Supercenter on Carlisle Boulevard. Unlike previous year, however, the sales tax doesn't apply to computers. "A lot of these purchases are the ones people make when they are doing their back to school shopping".

Does the "sales tax holiday" apply to sales made by mail order, Internet or similar retailers?

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Governor Scott Walker announced Wisconsin's first ever sales tax holiday that will start August 1st and run through August 5th.

There is no estimate of how much local governments lose from the weekend, but the cost to the state has been about $3.3 million to $3.4 million annually, according to data from the state Taxation and Revenue Department.

What neighboring states still hold tax free holidays? Coats, hats, jackets and even swimsuits will be tax free this weekend. There's no sales tax charged if the clothing and accessories you buy cost less than $60 per item.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Revenue website here.

Democrats are calling the holiday an election-year gimmick. So it definitely can help them save a little bit of money.