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St. Peters Opts Out of Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

The back to school tax holiday is this weekend, but look to see if your favorite shop is in a city that's opting out.

By Missouri state law, a sales tax holiday for school items begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday.

That means this coming weekend is the time to buy school clothing and supplies and not pay sales tax. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 and runs through Sunday. Communities around the area are allowed to opt out of the holiday and has done just that. 

Just like last year, . The opt-out is the fourth straight year St. Peters has decided to not give up the revenue generated this weekend. According to the Suburban Journals, St. Peters Communications Director Lisa Bedian Communication said the city could lose between $250,000 and $300,000 without the tax. 

St. Peters is not alone in opting-out

Many other St. Charles County cities—O'FallonWentzville and St. Charles among them—will be taking part in the holiday by waiving their share of the taxes. 

Items eligible for the tax exemption include:

  • Clothing — an article of clothing can’t exceed $100
  • School supplies–up to $50 per purchase
  • Personal computers and peripheral devices-$3,500 or less
  • Computer software-$350 or less.

Click here for a complete list of qualified items.

School begins Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Francis Howell School District. Classes begin Wednesday,  Aug. 15 for students. 

J. B. August 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Once again, St. Peters never saw a dime it didn't want to grab in taxes. Who cares that its' businesses loose sales to the cities that participate. If St. Peters is in such bad financial shape that they can't participate and have to have Prop P, maybe they should be getting rid of all those nice, new vehicles which are constantly driving around and reduce their staff.
Joe Barker August 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Just a note—St. Peters is choosing not to wave it's 1.6 percent sales tax. The state and county rates (Missouri, 4.225 percent and St. Charles County, 1.725 percent) will be waived. There's still a discount, just not a full discount like other city's are offering.

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