ST. LOUIS – It’s time for the annual tax-free, back-to-school weekend shopping event.

School supplies will be exempt from sales taxes starting Friday through Sunday.

“The shoes and the backpacks and the clothing items – things that everyone is going to need,” Sean Phillips, senior marketing director for the West County Center, said.

The tax-free holiday kicks off for the back-to-school shopping season, giving customers a chance to shop all the deals and save.

“This is a great opportunity for everyone to save money because as you know, when you make purchases here at the mall, the tax is around 10%,” Phillips said. “So if you are buying a computer that’s $2,000, you’ll save that $200 in tax.”

West County, Mid Rivers, and South County malls are taking part.

Here’s what qualifies:

  • Clothes that have a taxable value of $100 or less.
  • School supplies – not exceeding $50 per purchase.
  • Computer software with a taxable value of $350 or less.
  • Personal computers at $1,500 or less.
  • Other computer devices like a mouse, keyboard, external disk drive that cost $1,500 or less.
  • And graphing calculators at $150 or less.

“We’ve got a lot of new stores here at West County Center – the Offline by Aerie store just opened, and it’s been a real big great draw for teens looking for back to school items,” Phillips said.

Missouri is one of only 16 states in the county offering tax-free back-to-school shopping.

According to the Missouri Department of Revenue, every store in Kansas City and the rest of the state will be part of Missouri’s tax-free weekend.

Municipalities within the state can no longer opt out of the sales tax after Senate Bill 153 was passed in 2021.

The Department of Revenue said tax-exempt items bought online also count toward the tax-free weekend. Items can be delivered after the weekend, and the transaction must be completed during August 4-6 and shipped to a Missouri address.

The malls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.