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Mississippi Tax-Free Weekend coming up

In a few days, the Mississippi Tax-Free Weekend will be upon the state, just in time for families sending children back to school.

Starting on Friday, July 28 and ending on July 29, certain items (under $100) bought and sold will not have a tax attached to them.

The Tax-Free Weekend began in 2009, after House Bill 348 was passed during Regular Session of the Mississippi Legislature. The period has occurred every year since then during the last weekend of July.

The Tax-Free Weekend official website lists certain items that will not have an attached tax. These include baby clothes, gym suits, hosiery and work clothes and uniforms.

But not every item will be tax-free. These include baseball cleats, graduation caps and gowns and sports helmets or pads.

According to the Tax-Free Weekend website, tax-free “clothing” is defined as “any article of apparel designed to be worn on the human body including pants, shirts and blouses, dresses, coats, jackets, belts, hats, undergarments and multiple piece garments sold as a set.”

“Accessories” such as “jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, backpacks and briefcases” will still have a tax on them.

Summer Fest

Locally, the Oxford Square Alliance is getting involved with their annual Summer Fest on Saturday that includes sidewalk sales from Square merchants, as well as family-friendly activities on the Courthouse lawn from 9 am. to 5 p.m. with a free bounce house, face painting balloon artist, sno cones and cotton candy until 2 p.m.

For more information on the weekend, visit freetaxweekend.com/mississippi-sales-tax-holiday or the Oxford Square Alliance Facebook page.