Retailers are reminded that no state sales tax is to be collected on certain computers, school supplies, sports or recreational equipment sold to individuals for non-business use during the state’s annual back-to-school sales tax holiday, which started on Saturday and lasts until Sept. 4.
This is the second year the state is allowing a 10-day exemption from the 6.625% state sales tax under an exemption that aims to make school supplies more affordable for families and teachers. Both online and brick-and-mortar retailers cannot charge sales tax on the following items from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 26 to 11:59 p.m. Sept. 4:
- personal computers priced under $3,000;
- school computer supplies priced less than $1,000;
- school supplies;
- school art supplies;
- school instructional materials; and
- sport or recreational equipment.
A detailed list of back-to-school items that are covered by the sales tax holiday can be found on the State Division of Taxation’s website here. The state also has an online FAQ webpage that answers retailers and consumers’ most frequently asked questions, which can be found here.