State Tax Free Holiday is this Weekend
The Mississippi Tax-Free Holiday is quickly approaching.
Starting this Friday and into the weekend, shoppers will not have to pay the state’s seven percent sales tax on certain goods, namely most school supplies, which is good news for parents.
News 25’s Gina Tomlinson gives us a sneak peek at some of the deals coming up.
It is Charlie’s first year of school. It’s also the first time his mother, Parah Fishvurn, plans to take full advantage of the tax free weekend. “We’re just going to get comfy clothes for school. That’s what we’re looking for, comfy clothes, little boy clothes to play in.”
The two were getting a head start for back to school shopping at Gulfport Premium Outlets Tuesday afternoon. Starting Friday at midnight, Mississippi shoppers will not be charged the seven percent sales tax on clothes or shoes that ring up under $100. Gulfport Premium Outlets Marketing Director Rhonda Roberts said, “A lot of the stores will be running some of their deepest discounts for the back to school season so you get that in addition to those tax savings.”
Deborah McGuire has worked at G.H. Bass and Co. for 11 years. She says that when back to school hits, they’re usually pretty busy. “Nothing but heads, it’s always packed. I mean, people after people.”
McGuire says most shoppers are interested in their outlet’s shoe sales. She tells News 25 she expects the store will have lines out the door this weekend, but she’ll be behind the register helping things move along. “I’m the fastest, well one of the fastest.”
McGuire will need to be quick because the outlet mall officials are expecting a full parking lot. “Map out where you’re going, print your coupons. Have a plan on what you’re really looking for and a list and it makes it a lot easier,” said Roberts.
The tax free sales end on Saturday. For a list of eligible items and guidelines, visit the Mississippi Department of Revenue’s website.