State Senators Richard Briggs and Becky Massey and Lt. Governor Randy McNally encourage citizens to take advantage of Tennessee’s new and traditional sales tax holidays which are set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30th.  The 16th annual tax holiday on clothing, school supplies and computers will extend through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 1st; while a new sales tax holiday on food, food ingredients, and prepared food will remain in effect through the end of the day on Thursday, August 5th.   The new holiday includes the qualified sales of prepared food by restaurants, food trucks, caterers and grocery stores.


“Many Tennesseans have realized savings from the annual sales tax holiday which takes place each year before school starts,” said Senator Briggs.  “Although it targets back-to-school items, all Tennesseans can enjoy sales tax exempt purchases on clothing, computers, tablets and other supplies.  The new sales tax holiday cast a wider net by providing sales tax relief on food items, which is something just about everyone purchases.  It also extends for a full week.”


“This is a great opportunity for Tennesseans to save money on essential purchases. I hope everyone who can takes advantage of the opportunity,” Lt. Gov. McNally added.


“Both of these sales tax holidays give Knox Countians the opportunity to keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Sen. Massey. “I hope that many citizens will shop local while taking advantage of these savings and that it will positively impact Tennessee businesses.”


Among local businesses the lawmakers hope will be positively impacted are restaurants which were significantly affected by the pandemic.  “We hope this will give them a boost after a very tough year,” Massey continued.


In addition, the Knox County lawmakers said legislation passed by the General Assembly this year provided a sales tax holiday on gun safes and safety devices.  The year-long holiday began on July 1, 2021 and ends on June 30, 2022 to help encourage safe storage of firearms.


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