Missouri’s 2020 Tax-Exempt Weekend
Despite the unconventional school year that lies ahead, parents are still taking advantage of tax-free weekend to purchase school supplies for their students. For Missouri, tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m on Friday, August 7 and runs through 12 a.m. on Sunday, August 9. During this time period, certain back-to-school necessities will be exempt from the 4.225% Missouri sales tax. The qualifying items include school supplies, clothing, computers, and computer software, among a few others.
For parents that are looking to save on classroom essentials, this weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to grab everything your student needs for the school year.
According to the Missouri department of revenue, here is what can be purchased tax-free for students planning to attend in-person or virtual classes:
Supplies for in-person learning:
- Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
- School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
- Graphing calculators – not to exceed $150
Supplies for online learning:
- Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
- Personal Computers – not to exceed $1500
- Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1500
For more information on tax-exempt items, please visit https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/consumers.php.
For a list of Missouri cities that are not participating in tax-free weekend, visit https://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/cities.php.
Back-to-School Safety Tips
1. Keep an extra mask and hand sanitizer in their backpack
No matter how prepared you send your child off to school, some items inevitably have a way of “disappearing” when you pick your student up from the carpool lane at the end of the day. For this reason, it may be a good idea to have a backup set of COVID-preventing items on hand.
2. Practice safe distancing at home
We all know that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends keeping a safe distance of six feet to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For an adult, it is fairly easy to determine the length of six feet, but for a child this concept may be difficult to comprehend. Safe distancing can be practiced at home by using pool noodles, stuffed animals, or other household items as a visual representation of a six-foot measurement.
3. Build in time for physical activities
Under normal circumstances, school is an opportunity for your child to play games and interact with friends. As this year will likely look different for your student, it is important to set aside time outside of school for physical activities. Not only is this important for your child’s physical health, but it will greatly benefit their mental health as well.
4. Refrain from sending your student to school if they are symptomatic
In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is crucial to refrain from public interaction if you are displaying symptoms of the virus. Children are not always keen on vocalizing when they are feeling ill, so as a parent it is important to watch closely for any concerning symptoms. One precautionary measure that can be taken is to take your child’s temperature every morning before sending them off to school.
5. Encourage kids to wear their masks
For adults and kids alike, wearing a mask can be uncomfortable and may take some getting used to. One way to get your child excited about wearing a mask is to let them pick out it out themselves. They may be more likely to keep it on if it displays their favorite superhero or princess. In addition, you can motivate your child by offering small rewards such as stickers or candy if they keep their mask on while in public.
By Ashley Lester