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City participates in sales tax holiday

Beginning this Friday, shoppers can take advantage of a three-day weekend holiday from State of Missouri and City of Kansas City, Mo., sales taxes when they purchase certain items of clothing, shoes, school supplies and computers in Kansas City stores.

At a 2 p.m. news conference today at City Hall, Councilwoman Bonnie Sue Cooper, 2nd District-at-Large, announced details of the City’s participation in the sales tax holiday.

The State of Missouri passed the sales tax holiday legislation Aug. 28, 2003. On Jan. 29, Councilwoman Cooper introduced a resolution for the City to participate in the sales tax holiday.

The resolution was passed by the City Council in recognition that the cost of buying clothes and school supplies for the school year can be financially difficult for families. To help reduce some of the costs for families getting ready for the new school year, both the State of Missouri and the City of Kansas City, Mo., will exempt the following retail purchases from their respective sales taxes from Aug. 13-15:

    Articles of clothing with sales prices of $100 or less.

    Cloth or other materials used to make school uniforms or other school clothing with sales prices of $100 or less.

    Shoes with sales prices of $100 or less.

    School supplies with sales prices of $50 or less per item. School supplies exempt from these sales taxes include: textbooks, notebooks, paper, pens, pencils, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, back packs, handheld calculators, chalk, maps and globes.

    Laptop, desktop or tower computer systems (or their component parts) designed for use as personal computers with sales prices of $2,000 or less.

    Computer software items with sales prices of $200 or less.

There are some items that may be considered by some to be clothing, personal computers or school supplies that will not be exempt from Missouri and Kansas City sales taxes during the three-day sales tax holiday. These items include watches; watchbands; jewelry; handbags; handkerchiefs; umbrellas; scarves; ties; headbands; belt buckles; radios; CD players; headphones; sporting equipment; portable or desktop phones; copiers or other office equipment; and furniture and fixtures for homes, apartments, dorms or other residences.

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