Customers Question Some Tax Free Items

Knoxville (WVLT) -- You can get it tax free during this weekends back to school shopping, but odds are, your child can't wear it back to school.

With the sales tax holiday's in full swing you will find a long list of tax-exempt goods, some of which are a little skimpy.

Polly Jones is cashing in on the back to school tax free weekend.

"For a couple of boys at our church that are being raised by a single mother and could use the help," said Jones, referring to a backpack in her shopping cart.

That's reason for the tax holiday, but do you really know what you can get sales tax free?

"I know school supplies are on the list," Jones said.

"Computers if they're under $15,000," said Cheryl Crane who was also out shopping.

"Clothing up to $100," said Paul Hopson, another shopper.

Shoppers know the list pretty well, but what you may not know is you can pick some tax free items this weekend which shoppers call questionable at best.

Striped or solid, red or black, there is not much to thongs.

But there is enough to be underwear, so it's sales tax free.

"Most schools I'm sure outlaw them so they can't wear them at school," Jones said.

That's exactly why Jones and other shoppers say they should be full price panties, sales tax included.

"I don't see where it'd be needed, especially for students," said Hopson. "I think that's where they should draw the line."

But Crane says if it's clothing it should be tax free.

"Everybody wears different styles of clothing if kids need a uniform, that's very specific, but otherwise clothing's a wide open area," Crane said.

But not all encompassing as sports cleats and other recreation equipment come with the sales tax still intact.

"If they're going to be on a school team and they need the cleats for their team at school, that's clothing," said Crane.

Some school items like globes also are still taxable, but moms and dads are glad that year art supplies made the tax cut.

"Everything helps," according to Crane.

And for Jones shopping cart that is full for the tax holiday, it makes a big difference.

We tried to call the revenue department about the tax-free list by nobody called back.

The sales tax holiday runs till Sunday at 11:59.

For a full list of tax free items, click on the link below.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Maryville on Aug 8, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    I agree with Erik. How ridiculous to suggest that only certain clothing should be included, just because you don't wear a specific type of panty! If you don't like it, don't buy it. But please don't complicate it for the rest of us! This is one of the few "simple" things the gov't has put forth.
  • by blah on Aug 7, 2007 at 09:14 PM
    why does it always seem like the news reporters 'tried to call' someone else about their response but no one called back? what did they give, ten minutes notice? and why wont there be a follow-up in a week or so when a reply arrives? Oh wait, its because the news isn't about information. it's stupid little stories to make people chuckle and go 'oh those zany lawmakers'. meanwhile, lets all strap on a cowboy hat and order lobster to go.
  • by Lee Location: Knoxville on Aug 5, 2007 at 07:11 PM
    I watched this story because of the title. Then I ended up furious at the end of watching. Does your news reporter know how ridiculous he looks describing the different assortment of thongs he's standing next to?? I can understand questioning sports equipment, globes, that makes since, they should be tax exempt, but why are you questioning underwear? The kids have to wear SOMETHING underneath clothes!! And last I checked thongs aren't banned from school??? They are under a girls clothes (yes even school aged) and are a personal preference, just like "boxers or briefs" for guys. This is the most ridiculous "news" story I have ever seen!!
  • by Erik Location: Atlanta, GA on Aug 5, 2007 at 09:03 AM
    Come on people. This is one of the easiest tax breaks the governments gives to the people. No forms and no confusing rules. Don't make it more complicated. Leave your personal thoughts and opinions on items at home. Law and rules are not about your personal taste. You can stay right there in Knoxville and save a decent amount of cash. And guess what, you do not have to buy it if you do not agree with it.


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