The Show Me State is getting a head start on the 2010 sales tax holiday season.
Beginning today and running through Sunday, April 25, Missouri shoppers who purchase Energy Star-qualified appliances will save at least 4.225 percent off the purchase. That percentage is the state's sales tax amount they won't have to pay.
Some local governments also will waive their sales tax collections during this time. The Missouri Department of Revenue has a list of the participating counties and cities at a special tax holiday Web page.
Qualifying Energy Star appliances include clothes washers, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and heat pumps.
Note, too, that only the first $1,500 of the appliance price qualifies for the tax saving. You'll still owe Missouri and local sales taxes on the cost that exceeds that limit.
Still, if you're in need of one of the eligible appliances, saving $63 or possibly more depending upon where you buy it is a nice bonus.
Another bonus is that also starting today, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to distribute rebates to Missourians who purchase selected energy-saving appliances.