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Springfield Chooses to not Participate in Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend

Back to school shopping will be a little cheaper this weekend. But in Springfield and certain other cities, it won't be as cheap as others. KSMU's Nathan McVay has the story.

The annual School Sales Tax Holiday is set to begin this Friday and last through midnight on Sunday. David Overfelt is the president of the Missouri Retailers Association and says the special weekend is meant to make up for losses incurred throughout the year.

All state sales tax on school supplies is exempt during this time. However some cities and counties choose not to participate in the sales tax holiday.

Overfelt is disappointed that numerous cities decide to not participate in the holiday.

Springfield is one of the 170 cities opting to keep its city sales-tax firmly in place over the weekend. Louis Whall is the spokesperson fro the City of Springfield.

The sales tax exemption applies to all clothing, school supplies, computer software and personal computers. There are also limits to how much consumers may purchase.

Whall believes that people may take advantage of the sales tax holiday and there isn't a true way to measure what is a back to school purchase.

City councils decide each year whether to participate in the sales tax holiday. A list of tax exempt items and purchase limits is on the Missouri Department of Revenue's website at www.dor.mo.gov. For KSMU News I'm Nathan McVay.