LEBANON, Mo - Missouri's annual sales tax holiday begins tomorrow; shoppers will not have to pay state sales tax on school supplies. The sales tax holiday applies not only to things like pens and paper, but also clothing and computers and computer software.
Some cities are foregoing their tax as well. Businesses in Lebanon are hoping the extra little bit brings some of those out of town shopping dollars their way.
Ed Green expects big business at his computer store this weekend. "For us historically, it's been our largest sales day of the year and that includes Christmas," says Green.
That's because his products are in high demand when school begins. "Especially in the college years, it's more than a computer, it's a tool; it's a requirement for them to go to school to have that laptop, they use it as much or more than they do their books," says Green.
And with no city, county or state sales tax this weekend; Uncle Sam's loss is Ed's gain. "We look forward to it every year; we've been actually having some people come in and do pre-orders, that way we make sure we have enough inventory," says Green.
"It promotes local purchasing and spending which is something that we really value a lot," says City Clerk Laina Starnes.