Tax Free Weekend SC: Full List of Items for South Carolina (+Start Date, and End Date)

By Zack
July 30, 2014 5:38 pm Last Updated: August 1, 2014 3:32 pm

South Carolina may have the best tax free weekend of any state in the U.S. because there’s no limit to the purchases–and it’s looking great for North Carolina residents, who recently saw the event discontinued as part of a tax overhaul.

All other states have limits–such as $100 per item of clothing. South Carolina has none.

This year’s sales tax holiday starts in SC on August 1 and will run through the end of August 3.

The holiday voids sales tax on any of the following items:

Adult diapers
Aerobic clothing
Antique clothing
Aprons
Athletic or sport uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets and
pads)
Baby bibs
Baby clothes
Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)
Baby shoes
Bandanas
Barrettes
Bath mats
Bath rugs
Bath towels (all sizes, including beach towels)
Bath wash cloths
Bathing caps
Bathing suits
Bathing trunks
Beach capes and coats
Bed comforters and bed comforter sets
Bed duvets and covers 3
Bed linens, including baby bumper pads, canopies, baby crib padding, bed skirts, box
spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers, and shams
(box springs, drapes, mattresses, table cloths, and window curtains
and other window
treatments are taxable)
Bed pillow cases
Bed pillows (e.g. baby pillows, body pillows, husband pillows, throw pillows)
Bed sheets and bed sheet sets
Bed spreads
Belt buckles
Belts/suspenders
Blankets (e.g. afghan, baby, electric, and throw)
Blouses
Bobby pins
Bonnets
Boots (climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy)
Bow ties
Bras
Bridal gowns and veils (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Capri pants
Caps
Coats, capes and wraps
Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers
Computer software
Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software
Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain
computer software updates during the contract period
Computers (computer parts, such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners, when not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU) and accessories are taxable)
Corset Laces
Corsets
Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Coveralls
Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply
Dress shields
Dresses
Earmuffs
Elastic ponytail holders
Fishing boots
Formal clothing (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Furs
Galoshes
Garters/garter belts
Girdles
Gloves (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis)
Gowns
Graduation caps and gowns (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Gym suits
Hair bows
Hair clips
Hand muffs
Handbags
Handkerchiefs
Hats
Headbands
Hosiery
Hunting vests
Ice skates (rentals are taxable)
In-line skates (rentals are taxable)
Jackets
Jeans
Jogging suits
Jumpers
Leg warmers
Leotards and tights
Lingerie
Mittens
Nightgowns
Overshoes
Pajamas
Pants
Pantsuits
Pantyhose
Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (PDAs are hand-held computers used as daily
planners. Please note that the exemption does not apply to cell phones with a PDA,
computer applications or similar components.)
Pillow cases
Pillows (all types)

Ponchos
Printer supplies (replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as
“printer supplies”)
Printers (replacement parts are taxable)
Prom dress (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Purses
Raincoats
Rainwear
Riding pants
Robes
Roller skates (provided the skates are permanently attached to the boots) (rentals are
taxable)
Sandals
Scarves
School supplies

School uniforms
Scout uniforms
Shawls and wraps
Shirts
Shoes (ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross
trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates,
running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)
Shorts

Shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc. (but not athletic or sport protective pads)
Shower curtains and liners (shower curtain hooks and rings and shower curtain rods are
taxable)
Ski boots (snow) (rentals are taxable)
Ski masks
Ski suits (snow)
Skin diving suits
Skirts
Sleepwear
Slippers
Slips
Sneakers
Socks
Sport clothing and uniforms (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads)
Sport jacket
Stockings
Suits
Support hosiery
Suspenders
Sweat pants
Sweat shirts
Sweat suits
Sweatbands
Sweaters
Ties/neckwear
Tights
Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen, and sport towels (paper
towels are taxable)
T-shirts
Tuxedo (must be sold; rentals are taxable)
Umbrellas
Underwear
Waders
Wet and dry suits

Note: Fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers and like items which become a
physical component part of clothing or bed linens, blankets, comforters, and other exempt
items listed above are exempt from tax

However, the holiday does not apply to all items. Some items that are not covered include:

Any clothing or footwear that is rented
Any item (whether sold or leased) used in a trade or business
Any item placed on layaway or similar deferred payment and delivery plan
Backpacks for hiking and camping (bookbags for school are exempt)
Bathroom accessories or supplies (soap, shower curtain hooks and rings, shower curtain
rods, toothbrush holders, towel holders, tissue box covers, toilet paper, wastebaskets)
Box springs
Briefcases
Cameras
Cell phones
Change purse
Clocks (alarms clocks, wall clocks, etc.)
Clothing that is rented
Computer parts (such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners when not sold in
conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU)) and accessories other than printers and
printer supplies (computers, computer software, printers, and printer supplies are
exempt)7
7
See footnotes #1 and #2.

Cookware
Cosmetics
Costume rentals (rentals are taxable; must be sold to be exempt)
Daily planners or organizers (whether or not such include a calculator) when not used by
school children as a school supply
Digital cameras
Digital music players
Drapes
Employee uniforms
Eyewear
Footwear that is rented
Formal clothing that is rented
Furniture
Gift wrapping paper
Glasses
Goggles
Golf clubs
Greeting cards
Hardware (hand tools, power tools, etc.)
Health food supplements
Helmets (sport, motorcycle, bicycle, etc.)
Hobby equipment, supplies and toys
Housewares
Jewelry
Key cases
Mattresses
Mitts (baseball fielder’s, hockey, etc.) (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis,
work gloves are exempt)
Music players

Music tapes, records and compact discs
Paper products that are not school supplies (greeting cards, gift wrapping paper, etc.)
Paper towels
Personal flotation devices
Printer replacement parts (printers are exempt)
Protective masks and goggles (athletic, sport, or occupational)
Roller skates not permanently attached to the boot
Safety clothing for use in a trade or business
Safety glasses and goggles
Safety shoes for use in a trade or business
School office and janitorial supplies
Sewing accessories
Sheet stretchers
Shin guards and padding
Shoulder pads (football, hockey, etc.)
Shower curtain hooks and rings
Shower curtain rods
Sleeping bags
Smartphones
Sporting equipment (baseball mitts, golf clubs, helmets, hockey mitts, life jackets and
vests, masks, pads, swim fins, swimming masks and goggles)
Stereo equipment
Sunglasses
Table cloths
Table placemats and other table supplies (napkins, napkin holders)
Tissue box covers
Toilet paper
Toothbrush holders
Towel holders
Toys
Vitamins
Wallets
Wastebaskets
Watch bands
Watches
Wigs
Window curtains
Window treatments (curtains, drapes, shades, valances)

Raeann Belcher, a Lancaster resident, told the Charlotte Observer that she plans to take advantage of the weekend to buy clothes and school supplies for her six-year-old daughter.

“School is very expensive … clothes, school supplies, shoes, backpack,” she said.

Retailers will be ready.

“We certainly believe there is a better opportunity to welcome North Carolina shoppers due to their repealing the sales tax holiday,” said Rock Hill Galeria marketing manager Angel Russell. 

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