The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) has announced that the 10th annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled from Friday, Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 5. Due to the success of the previous tax-free weekends, the North Carolina General Assembly has once again set aside one weekend free of sales tax on back-to-school related items such as pencils, paper, backpacks, text books, computers, shoes and clothing. The popular event exempts clothing, footwear, and school supplies of $100 or less per item; school instructional materials of $300 or less per item; sports and recreational equipment of $50 or less per item; computers of $3,500 or less per item; and computer supplies of $250 or less per item from sales tax. Tablet computers and netbooks of $3,500 or less per item qualify, eReaders, do not. Items are not necessarily exempt from sales tax just because they are required by a child’s school or sports team. Visit NCDOR’s website for a complete list of items that qualify. Come to West Jefferson NC and check out our local shops!