Missouri side shoppers enjoy tax-free weekend - KCTV5

Missouri side shoppers enjoy tax-free weekend

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Shoppers are flocking to many Missouri stores to enjoy a tax-free weekend.

"It saves us a lot of money on big items," said shopper Kathy Roberts. "It's really significant."

Robert and her son, Caleb, were at the Best Buy in Independence on Saturday to purchase a computer. They found a great price but had to face long lines.

"You do have to expect that it's a popular thing and just be patient," she said.

Until stores close on Sunday, shoppers can enjoy skipping paying state sales tax. And some governments choose to lift their local sales taxes.

Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items, are covered.

There are limitations. Such as no clothing item can exceed $100, school supplies can't cost more than $40 per purchase and personal computers can't exceed more than $3,500.

The only time that is busier for merchants is the Christmas holidays. Many merchants offer coupons and other discounts to entice shoppers into their stores.

Some KCTV5 Facebook fans complained about long lines or prices being raised just in time for the weekend. Others said they loved the savings and didn't experience any difficulties.

Megan Huggins was surprised at the lines during a late-night trip over the weekend to Walmart. She said the aisles were crowded with shopping carts.

"We were thinking that no one would be there at 11 o'clock," she said. "They were all out of the stuff we needed and it was pretty much a mess."

The discounts are for everyone buying in Missouri this weekend.

You don't have to be a student or purchasing for a student to participate and you don't have to live in Missouri.

However, some cities and counties choose not to participate.

For more information including a list of items that are tax free and participating governments, click here.

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