Contact: Chuck Grimes

July 15, 2009

Phone: (615) 741-1967

(NASHVILLE, TN, July 15, 2009) — Local businesses and consumers will get “much needed relief” from Tennessee’s upcoming sales tax holiday according to Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R -Collierville), a key supporter of the initiative. Norris, who also led the fight to provide property tax relief for senior citizens through a Constitutional Amendment, said the sales tax holiday is set to begin on Friday, August 7 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until Sunday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m.

“This sales tax holiday is especially needed this year due to the downturn in the economy and increase in unemployment,” said Leader Norris. “It should stimulate sales to local businesses, while providing citizens much needed sales tax relief. It also helps parents buy items needed as students head back to school next month.”

During the holiday, clothing and school supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less will be exempt from the state sales and use tax. Clothing includes shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms and scarves. School supplies include items used by a student in a course of study. It also includes binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, ruler, and scissors.

For more information or for details on exempted items, consumers and retailers can visit the Sales Tax Holiday Web site at or call 1-800-342-1003.

A member of the General Assembly since 2000, Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton, and Shelby.


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