Miss. Code Ann. Section 27-65-111(bb) provides a sales tax holiday in the State of Mississippi. A sales tax holiday is a temporary period when sales taxes are not collected or paid on purchases of specific products and/or services.
According to the Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday passed in the 2009 Legislative Session and amended in 2019 Legislative Session, Sales Tax is not due on the sale of articles of clothing, footwear, or school supplies if the sales price of a single item is less than $100.
The 2020 Sales Tax Holiday takes place between 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 31 and
midnight Saturday, Aug. 1.
Clothing includes pants, shirts and blouses, dresses, coats, jackets, belts, hats, undergarments and multiple piece garments sold as a set.
Footwear includes all shoes and other similar items except for skis, swim fins, roller blades, skates and any similar items.
Accessories as jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, briefcases, and similar items do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday.
School Supplies means items that are commonly used by a student in a course of study.
Eligible and Non-Eligible Items
The Sales Tax Holiday will apply statewide to all consumer purchases of clothing, footwear, and school supplies with sales prices of less than $100 per article during the Sales Tax Holiday.
The Sales Tax Holiday applies to each eligible item selling for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold at the same time.
Items priced at $100 or more are subject to Sales Tax at the regular retail rate of 7%.
For example, a customer purchases two shirts at $50 each, a pair of slacks at $75, and a pair of shoes at $110.00. No Sales Tax is due on the sale of the two shirts and the pair of slacks at a cost of $175, even though the combined cost exceeds the $100 threshold. However, Sales Tax is due on the entire $110.00 for the shoes since they exceed the $100 threshold.
Rentals of Items
Rentals of clothing and footwear do not qualify for the Sales Tax Holiday and are subject to 7% Sales Tax.
Items Sold as a Unit
Articles that are normally sold together, such as a pair of shoes or a uniform, must continue to be sold as a set or a single unit. Components of the unit cannot be priced separately and sold as individual items in order to qualify for the holiday.
However, if components of a unit are normally priced as separate items, then they may continue to be sold as separate items and qualify if the price of the article is less than $100.
Pairings of Eligible and Non-Eligible Items
When eligible items are normally sold with non-eligible items as a set or a single unit, the full price is subject to Sales Tax if the value of the non-eligible (taxable)
• item exceeds the eligible ones.
Buy One, Get One Free or For a Reduced Price
The total price of items advertised as “buy one, get one free” or “at a reduced price” cannot be averaged to qualify both items for the holiday. The amount of Sales Tax due depends on the actual price paid for each item sold.
Buy One, Get One Free or For a Reduced Price.
For example, if a retailer advertises a pair of pants as “buy one, get one half off” with the first pair of pants priced at $120 and the second pair half off, then Sales Tax is due on the first pair priced at $120.00, though the second pair ($60)
• would not be subject to Sales Tax. Because the store advertised the sale as “buy one, get one half off”, the store cannot sell each pair of pants for $90 in order for the items to qualify for the holiday.
However, the retailer may advertise and sell each pair of pants at 50% off, selling each pair of $120 pants for $60, thus making each pair sold eligible for the holiday.
Discounts, Coupons, and Rebates
Retailers may offer store discounts and store coupons to reduce the price of an eligible item to or less than $100 in order to qualify for the holiday.
However, manufacturers’ coupons do not reduce the sales price of an item; as a result, a manufacturer’s coupon cannot be used to reduce the selling price of an item to less than $100 in order to qualify for the holiday. Likewise, a manufacturer’s rebate does not reduce the sales price of an item until after the sale has occurred, thus having no effect on the sales price of the item and cannot be used to qualify a non-eligible item.
Layaway sales of eligible items do not qualify for the holiday.
Mail, Telephone, and Internet Sales
Sales of eligible items that were placed or ordered by mail, telephone, or the internet are not subject to Sales Tax if the purchaser orders and pays for the items during the Sales Tax Holiday and the items are less than the $100 threshold.
Shipping and Handling Charges
Shipping and handling charges are not to be included as part of the sales price of eligible items in determining whether items meet the $100 threshold.
Eligible items purchased during the Sales Tax Holiday using a rain check qualify for the holiday only if the rain check is redeemed during the Sales Tax Holiday. If it is redeemed after the holiday, the purchase is subject to Sales Tax.
Refunds and Exchanges
If an eligible item was purchased during the Sales Tax Holiday and returned after the holiday for credit on the purchase of a different item, Sales Tax is applied to the sale of the newly purchased item. For example, a customer purchases a $35 shirt during the Sales Tax Holiday.
After the holiday, the customer returns the shirt, receives a credit for the shirt, and then buys a $35 jacket. Sales Tax is due on the $35 price of the jacket since the jacket was not purchased during the holiday.
If an eligible item was purchased during the Sales Tax Holiday and later exchanged for the same item but it’s a different size, different color, etc., then Sales Tax is not to be charged even if the exchange is made after the holiday. For example, a customer purchases a $53.00 shirt during the Sales Tax Holiday and returns the shirt in exchange for another size of same style of shirt after the holiday; Sales Tax is not due on the exchanged shirt.
If eligible items were purchased before the Sales Tax Holiday but during the holiday the item was returned and a credit was received on the purchase of a different eligible item, then no Sales Tax is due on the sale of the new item if the new item is eligible for the holiday.
List Of Eligible & Non-Eligible For Clothing, Footwear, And Accessories
• Accessories (generally) (N)
• Barrettes (N)
• Belt buckles (sold separate) (N)
• Bobby pins (N)
• Briefcases (N)
• Elastic ponytail holders (N)
• Hair bows and Hair clips (N)
• Handkerchiefs (N)
• Headbands (N)
• Jewelry (N)
• Purses and Handbags (N)
• Watches or Watch bands (N)
• Adult diapers (N)
• Alterations (N)
• Aprons (household) (N)
• Aprons (welders) (N)
• Athletic socks (E)
• Baby bibs (N)
• Baby clothes (E)
• Baby diapers (cloth / disposable) (N)
• Backpacks (E)
• Baseball caps (E)
• Baseball cleats (N)
• Baseball gloves (N)
• Baseball jerseys (E)
• Baseball pants (N)
• Bathing caps (N)
• Belt buckles (N)
• Belts with attached buckles (E)
• Belts for weight lifting (N)
• Blouses (E)
• Boots (general purpose) (E)
• Climbing (cleated or spiked) (N)
• Cowboy (E)
• Fishing (waders) (N)
• Hiking (E)
• Overshoes and galoshes (N)
• Rubber work boots (N)
• Ski and Waders (N)
• Bow ties (E)
• Bowling shirts (E)
• Bras (E)
• Buttons and Zippers (N)
• Camp clothes (E)
• Caps (baseball, fishing, golf) (E)
• Chef uniforms (E)
• Children’s novelty costumes (E)
• Chest protectors (N)
• Clerical vestments (E)
• Cloth, lace, knitting yarns, etc. (N)
• Coats and wraps (E)
• Corsages and boutonnieres (N)
• Costume (Outfits or Apparel) (E)
• Coveralls (E)
• Diapers (cloth and disposable) (N)
• Dress Gloves (unless rented) (E)
• Dresses (E)
• Elbow pads (N)
• Employee uniforms (E)
• Fabrics, thread, buttons, lace, etc. (N)
• Fins (swim) (N)
• Fishing boots (waders) (N)
• Fishing caps (E)
• Fishing vests (non-flotation) (E)
• Football jerseys (E)
• Football pads (N)
• Football pants (N)
• Gloves (generally) (N)
• Bicycle (N)
• Dress (E)
• Garden (N)
• Rubber (N)
• Sports (football, golf, etc.) (N)
• Surgical (N)
• Work (N)
• Goggles (N)
• Golf caps (E)
Golf equip. (gloves, shoes, etc) (N)
• Golf dresses (E)
Golf jackets and windbreakers (E)
• Golf shirts (E)
Golf skirts (E)
Graduation caps and gowns (N)
• Gym suits and uniforms (E)
• Hair nets, bows, clips, & barrettes (N)
• Handbags and purses (N)
• Handkerchiefs (N)
• Hard hats (N)
• Hats (E)
• Headbands (N)
• Helmets (bike, motorcycle, etc.) (N)
• Hockey gloves (N)
• Hooded shirts/sweatshirts (E)
• Hosiery, and support hosiery (E)
• Hunting vests (E)
• Ice skates (N)
• Insoles (N)
• Jackets (E)
• Jeans (E)
• Jewelry (N)
• Jogging apparel (E)
• Knitted caps or hats (E)
• Luggage (N)
• Leg warmers (E)
• Leotards and tights (E)
• Life jackets and vests (N)
• Neckwear and ties (E)
• Nightgowns and nightshirts (E)
• Overshoes and rubber shoes (N)
• Pads (Sports or Support) (N)
• Painter pants (E)
• Pajamas (E)
• Pants (E)
• Panty hose (E)
• Personal flotation devices (N)
• Pocket squares (N)
• Protective equip. (gloves, masks, pads, etc.) (N)
• Raincoats and ponchos (E)
• Rain hats (E)
• Religious clothing (E)
• Ribbons (N)
• Robes (E)
• Roller blades or skates (N)
• Safety clothing (N)
• Safety glasses (N)
• Safety shoes (E)
• Scarves (E)
• Scout uniforms (E)
• Sewing patterns (N)
• Shawls and wraps (E)
• Shin guards and padding (N)
• Shirts & Hooded shirts (E)
• Shoe inserts (N)
• Shoelaces (N)
• Shoes (generally) (E), Boat (E), Cross trainers (E), Dress (E), Fishing boots (waders) (N), Flip-flops (rubber thongs) (E), Jazz and dance (N), Jellies (E), Overshoes (N), Running (without cleats) (E), Sandals (E), Slippers (E), Sneakers and tennis (E), Tap dance (N), Tennis (E), Walking (E), Sport Design (i.e. any spiked or cleated / specifically designed for a sport such as golf, football, soccer, etc.) (N)
• Shoulder pads (N)
• Shorts (E)
• Skates (ice and roller) (N)
• Ski vests (water) (N)
• Skirts (E)
• Sleepwear/nightgowns/pajamas (E)
• Slippers (E)
• Slips (E)
• Soccer socks (E)
• Socks (E)
• Sports helmets (N)
• Sports pads (football, soccer, elbow, knee, shoulder, etc.) (N)
• Suits, slacks, and jackets (E)
• Sunglasses (N)
• Support hosiery (E)
• Suspenders (E)
• Sweatbands (arm, wrist, head) (N)
• Sweatshirts and Sweat suits (E)
• Sweaters (E)
• Swimming masks and goggles (N)
• Swimsuits (E)
• Tennis dresses, shorts, shoes (E)
• Tennis skirts (E)
• Ties (neckties - all) (E)
• Tights (E)
• Trousers (E)
• Umbrellas (N)
• Underclothes (pants and shirts) (E)
• Veils (E)
• Vests (generally) (E), Bulletproof (N), Fishing (non-flotation) (E), Flotation (N), Hunting (E), Sports Related (N)
• Wallets (N)
• Watch bands (N)
• Watches (N)
• Water ski vests (N)
• Weight lifting belts (N)
• Wet and dry suits (N)
• Work clothes (E)
• Work uniforms (E)
• Workout clothes (E)
• Wrist bands (N)
Key for Items:
(E) = Eligible & Non-Taxable
(N) = Non-Eligible & Taxable
Eligible School Supplies
The following is an all-inclusive list:
• Backpacks Binder pockets Binders Blackboard chalk Book bags
• Cellophane tape
• Clays and glazes
• Composition books
• Dictionaries and thesauruses Dividers
• Folders: expandable, pocket, plastic and manila Glue, paste and paste sticks
• Index card boxes
• Index cards
• Legal pads
• Lunch boxes
• Paintbrushes for artwork Paints: acrylic, tempera and oil
• Paper: loose-leaf ruled notebook paper, copy paper, graph paper, tracing paper, manila paper, colored paper, poster board and construction paper
• Pencil boxes and other school supply boxes Pencil sharpeners
• Pencils Pens Protractors
• Reference books Reference maps and globes Rulers
• Scissors Sheet music
Sketch and drawing pads
• Textbooks Watercolors Workbooks Writing tablets