A huge variety of shops in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is one of the major draws for visitors to the area. This bustling mountain town is home to dozens of local and chain stores, including outlets with great deals on brand name merchandise year-round. And while great deals can be found often in Pigeon Forge, the Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday offers shoppers the opportunity to load their bags without paying the extra fee of sales tax.
For an entire weekend, shoppers in Tennessee can purchase a number of items (restrictions apply) without paying the sales tax on them. The tax exemption even applies to online, mail-in, and over-the-phone purchases! Tax-free items include all the things parents might need to prepare their kids for school. Items include clothing under $100 (per item), computers under $1,500, and school and art supplies. Of course, you don’t have to be a parent or a student to get the deals. If you’ve been looking to replace that old laptop or refresh your wardrobe, this tax-free weekend is the perfect opportunity!
The Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday typically begins at 12:01 a.m. on the first Friday in August and ends at midnight the next Sunday. For 2014, the tax-free weekend will be August 1-3. Just know that many people take advantage of these great deals, so be prepared! Creating a shopping list ahead of time is a great way to stay organized and manage the crowded stores. But it will be worth it – Tennessee sales tax is 7%, so you’ll save at least 7% on qualified purchases. Pigeon Forge, located in Sevier County, also has a local 2.75% tax applied (county sales tax), so you’ll enjoy a total savings of 9.75%. In addition to saving on sales tax, many stores will offer even deeper discounts!
During the tax-free weekend, you’ll save on:
- Belts, hats, and hosiery
- Coats, gloves, and jackets
- Dresses, neckties, pants, jeans, scarves, and shirts
- Shoes, socks, underwear, and school uniforms!
- Binders, backpacks, calculators, lunch boxes, and notebooks
- Chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, and scissors
- Paints, paintbrushes, sketching and drawing pads, watercolors, rulers, and more!
For a full list of tax-exempt items, check www.TN.gov/revenue, www.tntaxholiday.com, or view the directory here.
Great Places to Shop
With such great discounts over the Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday, you’ll want to take full advantage. Thankfully, Pigeon Forge has tons of great stores to browse. From quaint boutiques to large outlet malls, Pigeon Forge has it all. For great outlet shopping, try Pigeon River Crossings, Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall (the “Red Roof Mall”), and Tanger Outlets in nearby Sevierville. All have tons of name brand clothing, shoes, and even school supplies. Of course, Walmart is always a great place to get clothes, shoes, and school supplies – all in one stop! There are also many local shops where you’ll find unique clothing and accessories.
Whether you’re stocking up for school or just looking for some great deals for yourself, you won’t want to miss the tax-free weekend while you’re in Pigeon Forge. Kids will love finding new outfits for the start of the school year, and parents will love not breaking the bank!
While you’re in Pigeon Forge for the Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday, you’ll want a cozy place to relax after a long day of shopping. Check out our large variety of cabins – we have everything from cozy one bedrooms to spacious cabins great for large group vacations! Take a break from the shopping crowds and relax at your private escape in the mountains!