What To Expect During Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holidays

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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –

Tennesseans will soon be able to take advantage of back-to-back sales tax holidays.

The traditional sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers is scheduled for the last weekend in July while August 1 marks the beginning of the three-month sales tax holiday on groceries. 

Traditional Sales Tax Holiday

Tennessee’s sales tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers will begin on Friday, July 28, 2023 at 12:01 a.m. and end at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, 2023. 

Following is a list of what is exempt and what is not exempt on that weekend:


Exempt: Clothing items that cost $100 or less each (shirts, pants, socks, shoes, dresses, etc.)

Not Exempt:

  • Apparel items costing more than $100 per item
  • Items sold in pairs or groups, such as shoes, if the cost is over $100; these items may not be split to keep the cost below the $100 maximum
  • Accessories such as handbags, jewelry, or sports equipment

School Supplies

Exempt: School supplies less than $100 or less each, such as binders, backpacks, crayons, paper, pens, pencils, and rulers. Art supplies such as glazes, clay, paints, drawing pads and artist paint brushes are also included. 

Not Exempt:

  • Items priced at more than $100 per item.
  • Items that are normally sold together may not be split to stay under the $100 limit. 



  • Computers for personal use with a cost of $1,500 or less. 
  • Laptop computers and tablets may also qualify if under $1,500

Not Exempt:

  • Storage devices such as flash drives and compact discs
  • Individually purchased software
  • Printer supplies
  • Household appliances

Three Month Grocery Sales Tax Holiday

The Tennessee Legislature has approved a three-month grocery tax holiday on food and food ingredients; it is set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, and end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. 

Food and Food Ingredients

Food and food ingredients are “liquid, concentrated, solid, frozen, dried, or dehydrated substances that are sold to be ingested or chewed by humans and are consumed for their taste or nutritional value. Food and food ingredients do not include alcoholic beverages, tobacco, candy, or dietary supplements.”

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