South Carolina’s annual Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 and continues until midnight of Sunday, Aug. 5.

A list of dozens of items, including back-to-school essentials, will be exempt from South Carolina’s 6% sales tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax-free items include clothes, school uniforms, shoes, book bags and computers and software, as well as items for the dorm room, such as blankets and towels.

Non-exempt items include cosmetics, jewelry, furniture, mattresses, smartphones, golf clubs, and items placed on layaway.

South Carolina shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the holiday weekend in past years, according to the South Carolina Department of Revenue. This is the 19th year of the tax holiday weekend.

For details about this year’s Sales Tax Holiday and a list of exempt and nonexempt items, visit You can also click here for the SC DOR’s list of questions and answers about the Sales Tax Holiday:

The National Retail Federation estimates that families with children in grades K-12 will spend around $685 on apparel, accessories, electronics, shoes and school supplies, down slightly from last year’s average of $688. College-age students will spend around $942.