Gov. Bev Perdue today announced that North Carolinians can save money by purchasing items such as clothing, school supplies and computers during the state’s sales tax holiday that begins on Friday, Aug. 7 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 9.

“Especially during these tough economic times, it’s important that we provide families with a break when it comes to buying school supplies,” said Perdue. “The sales tax holiday will make it easier for families to buy the supplies they need, and I encourage all North Carolinians to take advantage of it.”

During the sales tax holiday weekend, consumers will not pay sales tax on the following items:  clothing, footwear and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item.

For more details on the 2009 sales tax holiday – including a list of the items that are exempt from sales taxes during the holiday – visit the N.C. Department of Revenue’s web site:

The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9.  The sales tax holiday was first enacted in 2001.

Important Reminders about the Sales Tax Holiday:

  • Items are not exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team.  The complete list of exempt items is available from the NCDOR Web site.
  • Discounts from retailers’ coupons are deducted from the price of an item before you determine if the item is eligible for the sales tax exemption.  Manufacturers’ coupons are treated just the opposite; they are not deducted from the sales price before determining eligibility for sales tax exemption.  Rebates do not affect the sales price of an item for the sales tax holiday.
  • Participation in the sales tax holiday is mandatory for North Carolina retailers.  Retailers may not require customers to pay sales taxes during the holiday and require them to apply to have the taxes refunded.
  • Taxpayers and businesses may call the N.C. Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Assistance and Collections Center at 1-877-252-3052 with any questions about the sales tax holiday.