As North Carolina students prepare to head back to school, Uncle Sam is giving shoppers a break on sales taxes for certain items. See below for 2013 NC tax holiday dates, tax-exempt items and notable rules and exceptions.

Sales tax holiday in North Carolina

State North Carolina
Tax holiday dates Aug. 2-4
Tax-exemption items and price limits (Unless noted, limits are cost per item.
  • Sports and recreation equipment: $50 or less
  • Clothing and footwear: $100 or less
  • School supplies: $100 or less
  • School instructional materials: $300 or less
  • Computers: $3,500 or less
  • Computer supplies: $250 or less
Notable holiday rules, exceptions Any keyboard, monitor, mouse or speakers sold separately from the main computer unit is still taxable. An electronic reader is not considered a computer and remains taxable.