Shopping Tips for the Tax-Free Holiday

Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, April 25 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, April 27 at 11:59 p.m.

This holiday provides statewide tax-free purchases for school supplies, art supplies and clothing priced $100 or less per item and computers priced $1,500 or less. The holiday also includes purchases of qualified items sold via mail, telephone, e-mail or Internet if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the holiday, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

Other details about the state’s special Sales Tax Holiday are available here:

Also please note: Shopping during these weekends can pose risks to your personal safety.

As the ad terms “Black-Friday” and “Tax-Free” have been known to create a frenzied aggression amongst American consumers: during these events, shoppers face the increased possibility of being trampled, whacked with a pack of Mead notebook paper, poked in the eye with a protractor or attacked from behind with the last pair of Hannah Montana sandals.

To ensure your safety while shopping on the tax-free weekend: I’d recommend wearing toe-cleats, a long-sleeved shirt and pants to protect the limbs and shopping with a buddy whenever possible: this helps eliminate rear-attacks.

If you are planning to purchase larger items, which could also be used as a weapon for self-defense, get those first. You may also want to develop a menacing “Don’ F~ck wit Me: I’m one bad Mother” look.

Eye-patches, fake tattoos and t-shirts bearing the image of gansta rap artists are effective in this area – and usually scare away most of the Baptists folks over 30.

If you opt to skip the crowds and purchase items online or over the telephone, allow yourself additional time to explain the holiday to people who have no clue what you’re talking about and don’t care.

As many online merchants feature automated tax calculation on orders, you’ll need to contact their Customer Service department. Again, they will be clueless, which means you’ll be put on hold, transferred around a couple times to other clueless people, and ultimately disconnected. When you do call back, they will advise you to call Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm… at which time the tax holiday will be over anyway.

Of course, you could try including a mention of the holiday in the “Additional notes:” section if provided, but this probably won’t do you any good since merchants do not seem to read those notes.

Good Luck and Take Care.


2 thoughts on “Shopping Tips for the Tax-Free Holiday

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