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Tax Free Weekend Begins Friday in South Carolina

This is the weekend you can stock up on all your back-to-school needs without paying any sales tax in South Carolina.

The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Sunday.

Eligible items can be purchased both online and in stores without paying the state’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes.

Some of the items that will be tax-exempt include clothing, shoes, school supplies, computers, and backpacks.  You can get the complete list of items that will be tax-free at

School has already started in Edgefield, Burke, and McDuffie Counties.  School starts Thursday for elementary students in Richmond County and all students in Columbia County.  Richmond County K-8, middle and high school students start August 8.  Students don’t go back to school in Aiken County until August 15.  August 29 is back-to-school day in Lincoln County.

There will be no tax-free weekend in Georgia again.  In fact, there hasn’t been one in the peach state since 2016.