The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, certain goods may be purchased tax free. The 2018 tax-free holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 27, and ends Sunday, July 29, at 11:59 p.m.

When is the tax-exempt holiday?

  • It begins the last Friday in July each year at 12:01 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday.

 Who can buy tax-exempt clothing?

  • Anyone (not just students) can buy clothing that qualify.

What’s tax-exempt?

  • Backpacks/book bags.
  • Computers for personal (not business) use with a purchase price of $1,500 or less. This includes laptops as well as tablets (iPads, etc.) Exempt if $1500 or less. This includes CPU and other bundled components such as speakers, monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables, and basic software.
  • General apparel that costs $100 or less per item (T-shirts, pants, jackets, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.).
  • Items that are normally sold together, such as shoes, cannot be split up to stay beneath the $100 threshold.
  • School art supplies, binders, folders, highlighters, index cards/boxes, notebooks, pencils, paper, pens and pencils, rulers.
  • More items are listed at

What’s NOT tax-exempt?

  • Video game consoles.
  • Storage media, like flash drives and compact discs.
  • Computers with a purchase price OVER $1,500.
  • Computer parts, like keyboards and monitors, when not sold as a bundle with a CPU.
  • Computer printers and supplies.
  • Electronic readers such as Kindles, Nooks, etc., and personal digital assistants.
  • Apparel that costs more than $100.
  • Cell phones, including smart phones.
  • Software that is individually purchased.
  • Items such as jewelry, handbags, or sports and recreational equipment.
  • Items purchased for business or trade use.
  • Please consult the spreadsheets at for a more comprehensive list of items.

If you have questions about the sales tax holiday, please check out the frequently asked questions.