LITTLE ROCK — Shoppers at Arkansas stores will be able to buy certain items without paying a state sales tax during the state’s second back-to-school sales tax holiday this weekend.
Act 757 of 2011 created the annual tax holiday, which will be in effect for 48 hours Saturday and Sunday.
The law exempts clothing items valued at under $100, clothing accessories under $50 and school supplies from the state sales tax. School supplies include instruction items and items that students commonly use in class such as notebooks, paper, pencils, markers, rulers and protractors. Computers do not get a tax exemption.
Chris Persinger, a manager at American Eagle Outfitters in McCain Mall in North Little Rock, said he expected to see a surge in customers.
“I would think it should be pretty good business,” Persinger said, noting that business at the clothing store picked up during the first sales tax holiday last August.
Truman Woody, a manager at the Dollar Store on Grand Avenue in Fort Smith, was less optimistic. He said business increased there during the first sales tax holiday, but he did not expect to see that repeated this weekend.
“It seems that with it being so hot most people don’t want to get out,” he said.