TN Sales Tax Holiday is July 29-31

Date: July 20, 2016

Tennessee’s upcoming sales tax holiday on clothing, computers, and school supplies could provide a much-needed lift to many small stores and businesses, said Jim Brown, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. The sales tax holiday is July 29-31.

“It’s been a lackluster summer for a lot of small businesses,” he said. “The sales-tax holiday should help people get fired up and in the mood to spend.”

The latest NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, released July 12, shows that small-business confidence improved by only a fraction of one percent in June. “Small businesses are in maintenance mode,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “Uncertainty is high, expectations for better business conditions are low, and future business investments look weak.”

That’s where the sales-tax holiday comes in, Brown said. Parents would go back-to-school shopping regardless, he said, but the tax holiday could also attract cash-strapped shoppers who have delayed buying new clothes and devices.

“And people need to remember that the tax holiday applies to Main Street as well as the mall,” he said. “Even if you don’t need school clothes, you can save money shopping during the sales-tax holiday, and you can find some great deals and unique merchandise by shopping small.

“When you shop at small, locally-owned businesses, you’re helping your friends and neighbors,” Brown said. “You’re supporting the businesses that support our schools and charities and create jobs in our communities.

“Combined with the back-to-school sales a lot of stores are having, the sales-tax holiday is going to help people get a bigger bang for their buck,” Brown said. “The more we can do to encourage people to shop at small businesses, the more jobs we’ll save, and the faster our economy will grow.” 

To learn more about Tennessee’s sales holiday, visit the Department of Revenue’s website at www.tntaxholiday.com.

NFIB is the state’s leading small-business association, representing a cross-section of the state’s economy. For more information, visit www.NFIB.com/TN or follow @NFIB_TN on Twitter.

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