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Ready, set, shop... Tax-free!





South Carolina's tax-free weekend is officially underway. Shoppers can avoid paying taxes on everything from school supplies and computers to clothing and shoes.







The event started at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight on Sunday, according to the Department of Revenue.







NewsChannel 15 spent time at the new Target store off Highway 544 in Horry County before it opened Friday morning. Employees were making sure they'd be ready for crowds of shoppers.







"This is our first tax free weekend so we don't know exactly what to expect but we are definitely expecting a busy weekend," team leader Danielle Flores said.







Most shoppers seemed to be going out for the school supplies and clothes, Flores added.







Other popular items include everything from glue sticks and scissors, to backpacks and jump drives. Target, like many retailers, also is including lists of school supplies needed for each local school and grade.







Altogether, K-12 spending will reach $30.3 billion. Add in college spending and the amount comes to $83.8 billion, the National Retail Federation says.







Items that aren't exempt are cameras, cell-phones, music players, stereo equipment, sunglasses and wallets.








Click here for a complete list of tax-free items.








States offering summertime sales-tax breaks:








State Dates Eligible items (maximum cost)








Alabama







August 3-5







Clothing (up to $100); computers and software (up to $750); school supplies (up to $50); books (up to $30)








Arkansas








August 4-5







Clothing (up to $100); clothing accessories or equipment (up to $50); school supplies








Connecticut







August 19-25







Clothing and footwear (up to $300)








Florida








August 3-5







Clothing (up to $75); school supplies (up to $15);








Georgia








August 10-11







Computers (up to $1,000); clothing (up to $100); school supplies (up to $20);








Iowa







August 3-4







Clothing and footwear (up to $100)








Louisiana







August 3-4







All tangible personal property items -- except vehicles and meals (up to $2,500)








Maryland







August 12-18







Clothing and footwear (up to $100)








Mississippi







July 27-28







Clothing and footwear (up to $100)








Missouri







August 3-5







Clothing (up to $100); computers and computer peripherals (up to $3,500); computer software (up to $350); school supplies (up to $50)








New Mexico







August 3-5







Clothing and footwear (up to $100); computers (up to $1,000); computer peripherals (up to $500); book bags, backpacks, maps and globes (up to $100); handheld calculators (up to $200)








North Carolina








August 3-5







Clothing (up to $100); school supplies (up to $100); instructional material (up to $300); computers (up to $3,500); computer supplies (up to $250); sports and recreational equipment (up to $50)








Oklahoma








August 3-5







Clothing and footwear (up to $100)








South Carolina








August 3-5







Clothing and footwear; clothing accessories; school supplies; computers; printers; printer supplies; computer software; bed and bath linens, shower curtains and pillows.








Tennessee








August 3-5







Clothing, school supplies and art supplies (up to $100); computers (up to $1,500)








Texas








August 17-19







Clothing, footwear, and backpacks (up to $100)








Virginia








August 3-5







Clothing and footwear (up to $100); school supplies (up to $20)







Source: Federation of Tax Administrators and CCH.







Note: Applies to state taxes. City, county or any other local sales tax may still apply. Check your state's Department of Revenue website for details.



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