Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5th and running through midnight on Sunday, Aug. 7th, consumers can purchase certain clothing and school supplies without paying sales tax on the items.
South Carolina’s Department of Revenue offers a detailed list of items that do and do not qualify for the tax exemption.
To help consumers make the most of the sales tax holiday, your BBB offers the following tips:
For additional information and advice you can trust, start with bbb.org
- Plan ahead. Set a realistic budget and stick to it. Make a list of the items you need to purchase to avoid buying on impulse. Be sure to check with your child’s school for a list of required supplies to avoid return trips.
- Comparison shop, carefully. Tax holiday “sales” and promotions may not be the bargains they appear to be. Make sure you’re comparing “apples to apples” when looking at sales and promotions.
- Talk to the retailer. Before making your purchase, ask the merchant how refunds and exchanges will be handled after the sales tax holiday ends.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Because stores may be particularly busy during the sales tax holiday, pay extra attention to those around you. Never leave your wallet, purse or credit card on a counter. Don’t get overloaded with packages. Shop with a companion or ask for a security escort to your car.
- Shop at businesses you know to be trustworthy. Get a free BBB Business Review on a retailer you’re considering patronizing. In July 2011 alone, the BBB of Central SC and Charleston provided over 34,300 instances of service for consumers.