Two sales tax holidays in Tennessee this year

After there had been some speculation that the annual state
sales tax holiday in Tennessee might be skipped this year due
to the effects of the pandemic and the economic shutdown,
when the General Assembly adopted the state’s budget last
week, they actually added a second tax-free weekend, this one
for restaurants. Not only that, but the state has also doubled the
normal price limits on eligible items from previous years.

On the traditional “Back-To-School” Sales Tax Holiday, which
begins at 12:01 am on Friday, July 31st and ends at 11:59 pm
on Sunday, August 2nd, state sales taxes will not be applied to
purchases of clothing or school supplies valued at $200 or less,
nor will they be assessing taxes on computers and televisions
priced at $3000 or less.

This year, to help a restaurant industry that has taken a
substantial hit during the shutdown, the following weekend—
Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th—sales tax will
not be charged on the “retail sale of food and drink by
restaurants and limited service restaurants.”

In 2021, the sales tax holiday eligible items will return to their
limits, according to the Department of Revenue.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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