What's eligible? Here's the list.

08/01/2014 12:00 AM

03/14/2015 8:00 AM

Sure, South Carolina’s back-to-school tax-free holiday can be confusing at times. Wedding dresses are tax-free through Sunday at midnight, for instance, while iPads are not. But the tax holiday, one of 16 nationwide, allows shoppers to save up to 8.5 percent on their purchases — an estimated $3 million. Wondering what is tax-free?

Here are the items that are tax-exempt for the special period in 2014.

Adult diapers

Aerobic clothing

Antique clothing

Aprons

Athletic or sport uniforms or clothing (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets and pads)

Baby bibs

Baby clothes

Baby diapers (cloth or disposable)

Baby shoes

Bandanas

Barrettes

Bath mats

Bath rugs

Bath towels (all sizes, including beach towels)

Bath wash cloths

Bathing caps

Bathing suits

Bathing trunks

Beach capes and coats

Bed comforters and bed comforter sets

Bed duvets and covers

Bed linens, including baby bumper pads, canopies, baby crib padding, bed skirts, box spring covers, dust ruffles, mattress pads, mattress toppers, pillow covers, and shams (box springs, drapes, mattresses, table cloths, and window curtains and other window treatments are taxable)

Bed pillow cases

Bed pillows (e.g. baby pillows, body pillows, husband pillows, throw pillows)

Bed sheets and bed sheet sets

Bed spreads

Belt buckles

Belts/suspenders

Blankets (e.g. afghan, baby, electric, and throw)

Blouses

Bobby pins

Bonnets

Boots (climbing, hiking, riding, ski, waders, fishing, cowboy)

Bow ties

Bras

Bridal gowns and veils (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Capri pants

Caps

Coats, capes and wraps

Computer hardware service contracts sold in conjunction with computers

Computer software

Computer software service contracts sold in conjunction with computer software

Computer software service contracts when the true object of the contract is to obtain computer software updates during the contract period

Computers (computer parts, such as computer monitors, keyboards and scanners, when not sold in conjunction with a central processing unit (CPU) and accessories are taxable2)

Corset laces

Corsets

Costumes (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Coveralls

Daily planners or organizers when used by school children as a school supply Dress shields

Dresses

Earmuffs

Elastic ponytail holders

Fishing boots

Formal clothing (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Furs

Galoshes

Garters/garter belts

Girdles

Gloves (batting, bicycle, dress, garden, golf, ski, tennis)

Gowns

Graduation caps and gowns (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Gym suits

Hair bows

Hair clips

Hand muffs

Handbags

Handkerchiefs

Hats

Headbans

Hosiery

Hunting vests

Ice skates (rentals are taxable)

In-line skates (rentals are taxable)

Jackets

Jeans

Jogging suits

Jumpers

Leg warmers

Leotards and tights

Lingerie

Mittens

Nightgowns

Overshoes

Pajamas

Pants

Pantsuits

Pantyhose

Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs (PDAs are hand-held computers used as daily planners. Please note that the exemption does not apply to cell phones with a PDA, computer applications or similar components.)

Pillow cases Pillows (all types)

Ponchos

Printer supplies (replaceable ink cartridges used in printers are exempt from tax as "printer supplies")

Printers (replacement parts are taxable)

Prom dress (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Purses

Raincoats

Rainwear

Riding pants

Robes

Roller skates (provided the skates are permanently attached to the boots) (rentals are taxable)

Sandals

Scarves

School supplies -- including, but not limited to, pens, pencils, paper, binders, notebooks, books4, blue books5, bookbags, lunchboxes, musical instruments6 and calculators (school office and janitorial supplies are taxable)

School Uniforms

Scout uniforms

Shawls and wraps

Shirts

Shoes (ballet, baseball, bicycle, boat, boots, bowling (taxed if rented), cleated, cross trainers, flip-flops, football, golf, jazz/dance, soccer, track, in-line skates, ice skates, running, etc.) (rentals are taxable)

Shorts

Shoulder pads for dresses, jackets, etc. (but not athletic or sport protective pads) Shower curtains and liners (shower curtain hooks and rings and shower curtain rods are taxable)

Ski boots (snow) (rentals are taxable)

Ski masks

Ski suits (snow)

Skin diving suits

Skirts

Sleepwear

Slippers

Slips

Sneakers

Socks

Sport clothing and uniforms (but not equipment such as mitts, helmets, and pads)

Sport jacket

Stockings

Suits

Support hosiery

Suspenders

Sweat pants

Sweat shirts

Sweat suits

Sweatbands

Sweaters Ties/neckwear

Tights

Towels of all types and sizes, including bath, beach, kitchen, and sport towels (paper towels are taxable)

T-shirts

Tuxedo (must be sold; rentals are taxable)

Umbrellas

Underwear

Waders

Wet and dry suits

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