August 3-5: South Carolina offers consumers a weekend break on sales tax which is just in time for back to school shopping. Shop for BIG savings on back-to-school clothes, school supplies and footwear. This is a great time to check out the biggest new trends and save on everything you need for fall – all tax free! During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of back-to-school essentials are exempt from the state’s 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. Shoppers will also find tax free items for the home and dorm room. Items such as jewelry, cosmetics, eyewear, furniture, and layaway purchases are not exempt. dor.sc.gov/taxfreeweekend.