By Sandie Grassino
For the first time in several years, the City of Fenton has agreed to participate in Missouri’s annual back to school sales tax holiday. This year, the holiday is from Friday, Aug. 4 through Sunday, Aug. 6.
During these days, when a consumer buys qualified items, both the state sales tax and the municipal sales tax for Fenton will be waived.
Approved items that fall within the ‘sales tax holiday’ include:
Clothing: Any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about the human body. The term shall include but not be limited to cloth and other material used to make school uniforms or other school clothing. Items normally sold in pairs shall not be separated to qualify for the exemption. The term shall not include watches, watchbands, jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs, umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, or belt buckles.
*Any approved article with taxable value of $100 or less qualifies.
Personal Computers: A laptop, desktop, or tower computer system which consists of a central processing unit, random access memory, a storage drive, a display monitor, a keyboard, and devices designed for use in conjunction with a personal computer, such as a disk drive, memory module, compact disk drive, daughterboard, digitizer, microphone, modem, motherboard, mouse, multimedia speaker, printer, scanner, single-user hardware, single-user operating system, soundcard, or video card.
* Retail price $1500 or below
School Supplies: any item normally used by students in a standard classroom for educational purposes, including but not limited to, textbooks, notebooks, paper, writing instruments, crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags, back packs, handheld calculators, graphing calculators, chalk, maps, and globes. The term shall not include watches, radios, CD players, headphones, sporting equipment, portable or desktop telephones, copiers or other office equipment, furniture, or fixtures. School supplies shall also include computer software having a taxable value of three hundred fifty dollars or less.
*School supplies not to exceed $50 per purchase
*Retail price $150 or less for graphing calculator
The above prices were taken from spruce.com. The definitions of the different components of the “Back to School Tax Holiday” are from dor.mo.gov. Additional lists of approved purchases are available on their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for this topic.
Andrew Sobey, President of Fenton’s Board of Aldermen, stated that Fenton joining in with the tax holiday this year was “the right thing for the city, and the right thing for the residents. It was also a good opportunity for Fenton to enable people to come to our city, and to visit and purchase from our businesses rather than visiting other cities that were offering and promoting the tax-free holiday.”